La Macina di San Cresci,Greve, Italy

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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