La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, is a sublime residency. I was lucky to be there last November, returning to New York just before the pandemic. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards of the famed Tuscan landscape, I lived and worked in a 10th century church complex. The old church, now an exhibition space, and its historic buildings, were lovingly restored by Duccio Trassinelli, a lighting designer and Demetria Verduci, architect, the founders of the residency.
My studio, a grotto of ancient rock and massive wood had plentiful spaces, one of which housed the former grindstone with attached yoke for a cow to turn the stone. The medieval floor of rocks under my feet had fossils, watery shapes, and hatch marks of over a thousand years, the drawings of time. The massive wood table I worked on revealed the incidents of time in little marks, perhaps the draftsmanship of ancient insects.
Outside the door, the Tuscan light! The noble olive trees! A medieval walled town across the valley! All this with a great sound system playing mostly American jazz from Swiss Radio Jazz.
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