PROJECT 387

Artist Residency, Artist Community

Located on 150 acres of redwood forest, Project 387 provides a multidisciplinary residency program offering a community-based living and working experience for artists in all career stages. The residency is a unique opportunity to delve into the creative process in a focused, exploratory, and rigorous manner while removed from the clamor of urban distractions.

Meet Alison Stigora!

In our second digital interview of the season, Alison Stigora answered a few questions about her practice and upcoming work at Project 387. Read on! 

Tell us briefly about the focus of your work. What are some of the themes you are exploring these days?

I am very interested in how our experiences of landscape and architecture affect our sense of scale. I have been looking at how light interacts with transparent materials and can transform our perception of a space. The theme of transparency- in terms of what we choose to reveal or conceal from one another- is something I've been exploring for awhile.

What are you looking at, reading, or listening to right now that is influencing your work or process?

At the moment I'm temporarily living in Joshua Tree, CA, which is an incredible expansive desert environment. I'm finding that the rock forms I'm seeing here are influencing my work quite a bit. The raw quality of the landscape and the intense light here are directing me towards some new materials. I've been looking at work by Andrea Zittel, James Turrell, a handful of architects, and the assemblage work of Noah Purifoy.

What does a typical day in the studio/office look like for you?

I'm a night owl, so I tend to start later and work later. I usually work on sculpture and drawing projects simultaneously. When I enter the studio I spend time just looking at what was last completed before launching into anything. I try to pay attention to what I'm seeing and respond to that. Sometimes I'll start with drawing; then get into the heavier sculpture work. The drawing often leads me to understand what needs to be built next.

What's the best advice someone has giving you about your work? The worst?

The best advice was, you know what your work needs better than anyone else. Create what you want to see in the world. Also, manifest your ideas-- get them out into a physical form one way or another. Don't just keep it in your head.

I try to forget the bad advice. 

Are you involved in any upcoming shows/events/happenings?

I will be having an outdoor installation and gallery opening in Joshua Tree, CA on July 11th. I'm also part of an artist-architect collaborative team that will have a large-scale outdoor installation opening in Philadelphia, PA this October.

Is there one particular thing you are most looking forward to at Project 387?

I'm looking forward to experiencing a new environment with great people and creating work in response.