The studio was located at the compound of the Austrian embassy. Therefore I could not invite any visitors. On the other hand I was allowed to use the pool of the ambassadors mansion. Turned out to be a good deal by the daily rise of local temperatures.
It was not my first visit to Japan, but my first residency in Asia so far. Onishi turned out to be in a rural area about one hour north from Tokyo. Soon I fell in love with the neighbourhood and the people living there. I stayed for three month in the summer, which turned out to be tropical hot and wet for some weeks. The residency itself was at a starting point, run by an American born artist Kjiel Hahn and some of his Japanese friends. Getting connected with the local community was an experience beyond everything I’d expected.
Cesky Krumlov, despite being in Czech Republic is less than a one hour drive from my hometown. For a long time this was my first residency after years of maternal leave. Being in Paris, Krakau and New York a decade ago, it was this little picturesque town when I started all over again. The big studio allowed me to develop some larger scale ideas and working with wax and other organic materials.