For the period I spent in Bentlage I could work continuously in a spacious and well-kept etching studio, which was an invaluable support to that stage of my practice, when I was preparing an installation for an exhibition, and needed privacy and time. Having the distinctive architecture and the beauty of the woods and the Saline as a company for my breaks throughout this residency was of a key contribution for a good balance between all the activities that I was carrying on at that time, for instance printing, reading, writing, reflecting.
During that time the artists from the Künstlerhaus Dortmund were having a group exhibition at the main gallery hall. I had then the chance to learn more about the German contemporary art scene and to develop an interesting network, in which I now actively participate.
Last but not least I would like to make a point about the value of the properly furnished premises such as the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. At the end of the day, after working for long hours, it did make a difference to stay in a comfortable and clean place, where everything works and I could relax. Cooking a nice meal, sleeping well, reading a book in the evening or having a chat with other artists were also important and did have a positive influence in my residency. The vegetable garden is also a very special feature and creates a nice connection between the past, current and future artists, who work(ed) in Bentlage.