Clara Chapin Hess
COMPLIMENTA (I)is an arts organization formed with hospitality as a functioning
principle. Host and guest (i.e. COMPLIMENTA and artist, artist and public, public and COMPLIMENTA)
exist in a reciprocal dynamic of mutual participation. This ethos cultivates an environment where
artists can gather in collaboration with the local and larger public, engaging in a conversation that
is both generous and rigorous in it’s approach. The primary site of COMPLIMENTA is the Manse, a
property in the Town of Enfield, outside of Ithaca NY. The Manse serves as a project space, artists’
residency, gallery, home, farm, and grounds for the annual, large-scale, 3 day exhibition, also called
COMPLIMENTA. COMPLIMENTA hosts what we consider to be some of the most currently relevant artists, writers,
performers and musicians, from the local area and abroad. Presentation of participants’ work facilitates an
interaction where the limits of cultural communication can be pressed, and what proliferates celebrated.
_____ Days of Semi-Solitude Residency
The _____ Days of Semi-Solitude is a residency designed for one artist to pursue their work at the Manse in an
focused environment. A resident might take the time to begin a new direction in their work,
focus on research, or complete an ongoing project. During this time, residents also help out with the
daily goings on of Complimenta. As suggested by the title, the time-frame of this
residency is flexible, depending on resources and the nature of a resident's project. Residents are nominated
and chosen by the Complimenta board members. To find out more, write email@example.com
Our first _____ Days of Semi-Solitude resident was L.A. based artist Emily Steinfeld, who produced a new series of works,
entitled "A Blob's Job". This work was presented at Compliment(b) alongside works by fellow L.A.-based artist,
This summer we've hosted Portland-based artist Alex Felton, who will present a new series of works at COMPLIMENTA(II).
Documentation coming soon!
Detail from Emily Steinfeld's
"A Blob's Job"