Cyprus College of Art Visiting Artist in Residence
15th July 2013 - 22nd Jan 2014
Adam arrived at Cyprus College of Art in Lempa, Cyprus on the 15th July 2013 for a six month residency. The College, once situated in Famagusta, is now situated in Lempa, a small village 3 kms from Paphos and the Cornaro Intitute in Larnaka. It was begun and is run by Stass Paraskos, a Cypriot artist who had previously been a Lecturer of Fine Art at Leeds University many years ago, working with Ian Dury.
The first two weeks Adam spent time travelling around the Paphos region, taking in the new surroundings and getting to know the transport system, the Paphos region and begin to find a new way of making work. Through limitation of materials and moving to an island for the six month period, has had a profound effect on Adam's practice. One thing which struck Adam was the landscape and the mountains surrounding Lempa. He was drawn to the many empty buildings, villages and the erosion upon them. It was this reality which has stayed during his time here in Cyprus - the extremity of the landscape, its weathering and the erosion of the landscape, buildings and objects seen in the many of the Churches and Museums in Cyprus.
The major concerns with this work was working directly from sketches and memory, using ideas on erosion, myth, people and place. These later developed through walking and mapping the areas I visited, forming the work I further developed in Malaga, at the Malaca Instituto and at La Fragua in Belalcazar, Spain. These works were to starting point for the Pilgrim project.