Returned! Very happy to be home and back in the studio!
I returned from Europe one week ago, Friday the 10th. Soon happy to be home, although Europe was wonderful! I visited as many places as I could – Cologne, Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam, Venice, Brussels, London and Paris. Phew!
I saw lots of things- the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Manneken Pis, Park Guell, Cologne’s cathedral, etc, etc. and lots of art! Lots of historical art in the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Tate Modern, Mumok, the Albertine, etc, etc, etc. Marianne and I went to the Venice Biennale (which was awesome!) I saw the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, shows of Joseph Cornell and Henry Darger, Tracey Emin, Egon Shiele, and many more interesting exhibitions. I visited my family in the Netherlands, and an old friend in London.
An important part of my MFA program at UWaterloo is the Shantz Internship. I have chosen to work with Alexandra Bircken in Cologne (Koln), Germany. (Actually, if you click through to her site, that is the table I’ve been working at, right on the front page).
It’s been a little overwhelming, coming to Europe for the first time by myself. I flew into Amsterdam on the 16th of May, and took the train to Koln, and Alexandra picked me up from the train station. She has been great, incredibly helpful, generous, and full of useful information. But Europe has been an adjustment. I mean, it’s been good, been interesting, but absolutely EVERYTHING is different than what I’m used to. The language is different, the money is different, the food is different. The LIGHTSWITCHES are different. I can’t read German, so simple things like going to the grocery store or out to eat is a bit of a challenge. The other day I bought a sandwich without knowing what kind it was, because I couldn’t read the label. Turns out it was fried tuna (and delicious, lol).
And the jet lag. Tough to adjust my circadian rhythm. And because of the time difference, calling (skyping) home has been a challenge… missing Waterloo. But I’m slowly settling in.
Here are some pictures from the first few days in Koln. 🙂