What did your stay at Messen mean for your artistic work?
My stay at Messen allowed me to draw inspirations from surroundings and an environment that I had never experienced before. It gave me the space, time and opportunity for my artistic practice to agglomerate and evolve, and it provided me with a wonderful range of opportunities, in which I could interact with a variety of like-minded and creative people.
What were the results?
Each day during my stay at Messen, I wrote a series of poems which have not been published, but which have fuelled and influenced my writing since my stay.
I also produced a series or experiments with ink, paper and bindings, with a selection of materials that were found in and around my studio in Norway.These experiments were inspired by my landscape and surroundings. The collection is entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors (2012)
What, if it did, did your stay mean for you in your artistic work and development?
The residency enabled me to fully immerse myself in a vibrant and artistic community, whilst it allowed me to draw inspiration from the colours, landscape, language, voice, tone, rhythm and materials of my surroundings,
which encouraged and developed my writing.
The freedom, flexibility and inspiration that I found in the studio environment, and in the location and setting of the studio itself, allowed me to continue my examination of the printed page. It has also enabled me to enhance and enrich my appreciation of being able to demonstrate and emphasise poetry in a visual capacity.
Working in a different country, alongside other artists, from a range of backgrounds, helped me to create another way to approach and direct my work.
The combination of living and working as part of a creative community provided an environment for me hone and stretch my creative thinking, and the capacity to share this creativity with other people.
What did your stay do for your knowledge of Hardanger and Norway?
Messen introduced me to a variety of customs and traditions in Norway, and it encouraged me to extend my stay and visit Bergen, Oslo, and Tromsø. I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, from philosophy and global cuisines, to music and literature and I believe that my time in Norway enabled my artistic practice to agglomerate and evolve. I am always eager to learn new skills and techniques and to discover new ways of working and I loved working and living in a setting that supported this.
How has the stay influenced your contact with other artists?
My stay encouraged me to apply for another artist residecncy in Venice, and since 2012, I have been returning each year, to The Venice Printmaking Studio. It has given me the confidence to approach other artists to discuss ideas, but also to propose collaborations on a variety of projects.
Rosie Teare stayed in Messen in 2012.