Casa Na Ilha Art Residence

House. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

The sequence of 20 photos in this post is a glimpse of the immediate environment in and around the two houses on the property of the Casa Na Ilha Art Residence, in Brasil, facing the Atlantic Ocean with the Atlantic Forest behind it. I have wandered in and out of these houses and up and down the grounds (the houses sit on the rocky slope that borders the forest). Since I am the only artist staying here this month, the days are my own. This gives me a chance to look at the small things and not just the magnificent landscape surrounding me. The forest is known to have a similar biodiversity to that of the Amazon. Daily, I take note of the diverse flora and the myriad of birds, butterflies, and fruit trees growing here. 60% of all of Brazil’s threatened animal species live in this forest.

What attracted me to the residency was the idea of slowness  – an art residence that sits on the edge of the forest, on the island of Ilhabela, off the north coast of the state of Sao Paulo. There is one main road that runs north/south on the west coast and goes through three small tourist towns that are easy to avoid. 85% of the island is preserved. So… staying here I have the opportunity to just think and/or create without distraction. It is a retreat of sorts.

Bedroom. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Before I arrived I had a specific idea of what I wanted to do: visit and photograph the native Caicara people and their homes in Castelahnos on the east side of this island (just beyond the state park) and on Bonete beach on the south side of Ilhabela. However, as it turns out, my first two weeks were more about taking the time to think and photographing the houses and land, here. This environment allows for reflection.

Trees bow and sigh in the wind. The ocean rolls and crashes or whispers a breath. At times, ones sounds like the other. Insects, such as beetles, ants (and of course mosquitoes) abound. The commotion and calls of parrots in the trees wake me up at 5am and later remind me that it may be time to stop working, or at least take a moment to listen to them, at around 5 in the afternoon.

Palm Tree. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

My room, to date, has been a magnet for:

  • a spider (non-venomous, hairy, approximately one inch long with a leg span of about three inches)
  • a (dung?) beetle (about three inches long and one-two inches wide) – it sadly did what many beetles do: hit a wall or door, fall on their backs, struggle to turn over and fail, then die
  • a baby tree-rat (that scared me half to death when I saw it at the foot of my bed)
  • a cockroach
  • a few fireflies

Of course, none of this is unusual given that most of the island is forest and the house sits at its edge.

Everything is on the move and has its rhythm and yet there is a quiet here – a stillness. In part, these photos capture this.

Laundry. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Stairs. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Pool. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Kitchen. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Living Room Floor. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Water-hose. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Trees. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Telephone Cord with Shoes. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Bedroom. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Railing. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Mural (on a Colonial wall which is covered with lichen on the border of the property.  Artist Cole Swanson, during his residency at Casa Na Ilha, used the lichen as a starting point to trace the lichen with natural pigment paint that he made with different “harvested” soil on the island). Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Garbage Can and Broom with Banana. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Banana Tree. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Doorway. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Rug. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Leaves and Lichen. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

Bamboo. Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brasil. October 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Casa Na Ilha Art Residence

    1. daktari164

      Some of your photos I could watch for a long time. Each one telling a story; like the one with the stairs. Congratulations! It’s a great piece of work you are doing there.

      Reply
    1. Tamar Granovsky Post author

      thank you, milton. today is a slow day… enforced rest day to get rid of a headache so that i can have a good last week here. a week today (as i write this) i shall be at the airport getting ready for the flight home.

      Reply
  1. Nilton do Vale

    Hello Tamar, I’ve been enjoying your posts on Instagram and would like to see some more.

    Love,

    Nilton do Vale

    Reply
    1. Tamar Granovsky Post author

      three more ocean posts on instagram: today, tomorrow, and saturday. then i leave early sunday to the mainland for my long haul home. glad you’ve liked them. it has been such a pleasure to watch the ocean change daily. By the hour.

      Reply

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