Upcoming Residents

Carol Saft


Carol Saft is a sculptor who infuses objects with vulnerability and agitation. She is a filmmaker who is attracted to edgy people with a story to tell. Based in New York City and East Moriches, NY, Carol will return to Talking Tree for a film/installation creation in 2019. Her upcoming solo show "Fallen Men" opens Feb 20 at Lesley Heller Gallery Project Space in New York City. 

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David Hodge & Hi-jin Hodge


David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge have created video installations for artistic exhibitions around the world. Their pieces typically blend editorial materials and innovative uses of technology to explore complex human and social questions. Above all, they create cohesive work that identifies foundational principles and expands on them through multiple viewpoints.

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Philip Watt

photo credit: Brendan Joyce Photography 


Philip Watt has long juggled acting, playing trumpet, and teaching English literature. He's also produced jazz plays on the life of Chet Baker, in San Francisco and New York City. At Talking Tree, he'll be widening his portfolio by writing his first full-length original screenplay and drawing an abecedarium about untimely deaths brought about by addiction, fetishes, and obsessions. ABC and D are done; he wants to at least draw EFGH in his week there, and pound out another 15 pages of this script. He's writing it for himself and the notable film actor Dominic Bogart - it is a vigilante story, set in mid-70s Ohio. During the week, he plans to record with Paul Godwin, both on trumpet and vocals.

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Robin Mayforth


Robin Mayforth is a nationally recognized violinist of extraordinary technique and sensitivity. She is a long-time member of New Century Chamber Orchestra and is the concertmaster for Symphony Silicon Valley.  Robin plans to explore her love of J.S. Bach during her retreat and combine it with her meditation practice. 

Seth Dickerman


Bay Area photographer Seth Dickerman has been creating long-exposure nature photos that defy explanation and cut to the heart of a Zen exhale. Dickerman will return to Talking Tree in 2019 to find new visions to process.

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Joanne Landis


Established painter, Joanne Landis, is based in rural Pennsylvania and NYC. In all of her large and small scale paintings, Joanne works  exclusively with the figure. She attempts to create an environment for  each figure that matches its internal geography.

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