New Plymouth artist Milarky off to US for a nomadic residency
A kiwi artist is off to America to discover what it means to be a nomad.
Damin Radford-Scott, of New Plymouth, will begin his "nomadic residency" next week, spending close to two months researching the idea of choosing to be without a home for his Fine Arts Masters thesis.
Different to most artist residencies, which usually involve going to a fixed place in order produce artwork, Radford-Scott said he had no plans other than to "meet some people and ask some questions".
Radford-Scott's art has been admired throughout New Zealand and the world, with his works appearing on the sides of buildings from New Plymouth to Oakland, California and back again.
He works under the monikers Milarky and Dside, and it was revealed last year he was one half of the contemporary art duo BMD, who announced their split in October after 10 years working together.
Radford-Scott's thesis project follows on from his No Fixed Abode exhibition last year which looked at the modern nomad, people in tune with their environment and who travel to find what they need.
The size and varying cultures and climates of the United States made it a perfect canvas for him to explore nomadism, Radford-Scott said.
"You can't really be a nomad in New Zealand.
"It's primarily a size thing - our land is too small and our culture doesn't change that dramatically from end of the country to the other.
"Someone in Kaitaia is unlikely to be that different from someone you meet in Invercargill."
Radford-Scott will fly into Oakland and try and find as many of the homeless people he worked with for his exhibit Home Lands Oakland, which used the cardboard signs of street beggars in the city.
Other than that and checking in on a Dside project in Portland, Radford-Scott will travel from coast to coast choosing his route by talking with people about where to go next.
He will bring an exhibition back with him to put up at New Plymouth's Kina art space in August, although he didn't know what it would look like yet.
"A residency is about, you go somewhere, create some work and leave and I don't really fit the model.
"That's why I'm interested to see what I will produce."
If people would like to contribute to Radford-Scott's nomadic residency, they can do so via his Pledgeme page.