American artist Krista Peel was artist in residence at the Centre d'Art i Natura in Catalonia, Spain from March to April, 2006.
The Centre d'Art i Natura is an oasis of comfort and luxury in the quiet, mountain living of the pyrenees. my wonderful experience there will stay with me for the rest of my life.
The first thing that struck me about Farrera was that it is more remote and quiet than i had ever imagined. it is a tiny village made of rocks, inhabited by kind people, some sheep, deer, a few horses and roaming cats.
From the very start of the this residency i was aware that it was up to me to be in the present and focus on my work. It is isolated, but not lonely, as the comfort of the building, the incredible, healthy food and extraordinary people make you feel very much at home.
I am proud of the work i made there, the landscape is inspiring and the studio space is glorious. but even more, i feel enriched. enriched with the connections i made with the other residents, with the land, and the amazing Cesca and Lluis. their hard work and kindness make The Centre d'Art i Natura a magical adventure.
Krista Peel was born in Saugatuck, Michigan and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attended Casper College in Casper, Wyoming and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, where she received a BFA in painting and drawing. Her illustration work can be seen in Bridge Magazine, Cakewalk Magazine, Books and Culture magazine, the upcoming Underground Guide to Chicago (Manic D Press), and the novel, AM Creme, by Ezekiel Brown. The Chicago-based artist continues to make
commissioned work for the home and office, and exhibits at galleries in the Chicago area.
The Centre d'Art i Natura de Farrera in the region of Pallars Sobirà in the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain is the setting for a contemporary experiment in finding common ground between the arts and the natural and social sciences. It is, first of all, a residence and workplace for artists with a specific interest in mountains and their ecology, but it also welcomes geologists, botanists, ornithologists, geographers, historians, anthropologists and other experts to work on science projects. The village of Farrera itself is an harmonious cluster of houses and barns, built with local stone and slate, grouped around the 17th century church of Sant Roc, situated on a south-facing bluff at an altitude of 1365 metres. As one of the highest inhabited villages in Catalonia, its views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Culturally speaking, Farrera lies at the high water mark of the wave of medieval migration that left these villages scattered across the face of the Pyrenees, with their Romanesque monasteries, churches hermitages, a robust vernacular architecture developed out of peasant necessity.
Centre D'Art i Natura de Farrera