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This is a compilation of happenings from an artist residency at an urban core daycare and kindergarten site from July-December, 2021. The artist provides some notes on how to approach a residency, create site-specific art and work with the children, their teachers, care staff and the community surrounding the site. A newly coined concept of minusio, emerged over time and served as an invisible basis for art-care, in a sense the mirror(ing) of the gift of nurturing but also the lack of care—and offering a route to what human’s really desire, when they are not so busy and distracted by the banality of the world. Minusio is not an answer to lack of care; perhaps, but an aesthetic way to be with art and stones, and other materials and processes in borderspaces that may provide a ‘bridge’ for us back to the maternal, to Nature and healthy ways to exist. Using an ethical minusio principle of less is more aesthetic, the art residency was empathetically sensitive to place, and specifically to mountain crushed stones (gravel) for children and adults to bond with.
Fisher, R. Michael Michael
"A Daycare Artist Residency in Minusio: Aesthetic Eunuciations in Borderspaces,"
Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal: Vol. 7:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol7/iss1/15