The Jaunt announces Andrea Wan residency for their first extended trip to Nepal
Introducing Jaunt Magna with Andrea Wan
The Jaunt is all about getting inspired while in a new situation. Exploring your surroundings while exploring yourself.
“Usually our trips last 5 to 6 days,” says The Jaunt founder Jeroen Smeets. “Long enough to get the feel of a place, but short enough to make you want to go back another time. But sometimes an artist may want to get in deeper and keep the momentum going – this is why we’ve decided to introduce The Jaunt Magna.”
Jaunt Magna is a new format where artists experience an extended residency for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Providing artists the time they need to get a better understanding of their new surroundings, and how they and their work may be influenced, The Jaunt Magna trips will result in an exhibition featuring original works, a publication which documents the travel journey along with photos, sketches and artworks from the artist’s trip, and of course a screen print.
Berlin based visual artist and illustrator Andrea Wan will be the first artist to take part in this new residency. Having worked together with Andrea before, back in 2015, when she visited Seyðisfjörður in Iceland, this time around Andrea is travelling to Nepal to find peace and inspiration along the way.
Andrea Wan has a history that would make any avid traveller jealous. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, studied in Denmark and now living in Berlin. From an early age she was fascinated by stories, improvising her own stories and recording these onto cassettes. This fascination for stories developed into her own visual universe consisting of bright colours and eerie and surreal surroundings.
To clear her head and get completely out of her comfort zone, Andrea Wan will break away from her usual travel routine and pursuit a spiritually heavy journey. This is where Nepal comes into the picture. The first part of her trip will consist of a 10-day visit to the Kopan monastery for a retreat consisting of meditation, talks and discussion about Tibetan Buddhism and two days of a silent retreat. Six years ago, Andrea had a vivid dream. She was in a monastery, which suddenly became flooded. Luckily, she could swim to a giant Buddha and give the Buddha’s face a hug. Strangely enough, the Buddha from Andrea’s dream has an uncanny resemblance to the Buddha inside the Kopan monastery, adding just a little bit of suspense into the equation.
The second part of her trip consists of trekking at the Annapura base camp in the Himalayas. Mountains have always had a strong appeal to Andrea Wan, who keeps herself longing for returning to nature and mountains while in her Berlin studio. Now, without the distractions of city life, there will be all the time in the world to find oneself, meditate, draw and return with a newfound peace and inspiration.
The screen print is available to order in advance, before the trip takes place next year. The first Jaunt Magna exhibition is planned for March 2018.