Fieldfaring (Susanne Cockrell & Ted Purves)
Berkeley, California, USA
Oakland, California, USA
Entertainment Memorabilia > Other Entertainment Mem
what will become of the other two sticks?
We have not yet decided, actually. They might remain at home as objects of contemplation. It is also possible that they might be offered through eBay’s “second chance” program to under-bidders.
Susanne Cockrell and Ted Purves work collaboratively under the rubric of fieldfaring to create projects that investigate the overlay of urban and rural systems upon the lives of specific communities. They ask questions about the nature of people and place as seen through social economy, history and local ecology. The collaboration began with a two and a half year public project (2004-2007), Temescal Amity Works, which facilitated and documented the exchange of backyard produce, conversation, and collective biography within the Temescal Neighborhood of Oakland, CA. Recent projects include The Red Bank Pawpaw Circle, a large public planting project, which was completed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012-2013.
In addition to their collaborative practice, they are both professors at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Ted is the Chair of the MA Social Practice & Public Forms and Susanne is the Chair of the BFA Community Arts program. They have received a Creative Work Fund grant from the Elise and Walter Haas Foundation, a Visual Arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation, an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, as well as support from the Oakland Office of Cultural Affairs and California College of the Arts.
Ghidini & Modrak