Dear Curatorial Staff,
It is with a great lack of enthusiasm that I reviewed your call for the 6-week residency proposals for Indy Island. However, since Andrea Zittel is involved with it, and she is a bigger name in the art community, I feel that squatting in your fiberglass igloo for several weeks will look really good on my artist CV.
So, here is my proposal: instead of having to use the restrooms of the visitors pavilion and shower in the museum, during my residency, I would like to add a shower and toilet to the igloo. Since the materials purchased with the $3000 budget are property of the Indiana Museum of Art anyway, I think that this is a very useful long-term investment and will improve the working conditions for artists.
I am claustrophobically inclined and the idea of staying for six weeks in this small, cavern-like space with a perpetually wet floor on which I would have to sleep is anxiety inducing to me ( which in turn will cause my IBS to flare up and make frequent trips to the visitors pavilion necessary; hence the toilet on the premise). I am also a bit concerned about the food situation. There does not appear to be a fridge or some way to cook. I think that's another proposal in the making.
Overall, staying in this spot for several weeks with such limited resources (although I am glad that I will be loaned an iPad), while having to work, not seeing my family and be available for the public does not sound very appealing at all. But, I am eager to make a name for myself and I guess that means sacrifices have to be made.