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I was part of a group of artists that made art work about just south of Albany, GA. It is a historic site that was revered by Native Americans who called it Skywater. In 1925 the springs were purchased by advertising entrepreneur and land developer, , who reportedly spent close to $1,000,000 constructing complex that included a public swimming place, lawns, decks, cottages, bathhouses and walkways and featured the "Casino," a large meeting place. The Casino was eventually demolished after being damaged by a fire and two floods.
The swimming area is currently dry except for the opening of the spring itself. The water in the hole and when the larger area fills is actually backflow from the. There was not enough pressure in the for the spring to pump water. This was due to a long period of drought and the demand of irrigation. I approached the project as a metaphor for who we are and where we are in history. I wanted to say we have to come to understand how the here and now is beautiful, intriguing, exciting, troubling, etc.
This group of artists has continued to work under the name, Skywater, making art about the region. I want to discover more about the region which is the region of my heritage and to explore the aesthetics of the area. It is crucial to the artistic process to engage with the immediate environment. I am excited about this opportunity to work with a group of artists, including Todd Bertolaet, Julie Bowland, Dominick Gheesling, and Scott Marini.