Trey Burns





My Time In Wassaic


Please write a paragraph (or a few!) about your time here in Wassaic. You should say a bit about yourself, where you came from, how you got here, what media you like to work in typically, and what you chose to work on while you were here in Wassaic. Then talk about what Wassaic means to you, how it influenced your work, and what you might want others to know about Wassaic. Write from the heart and write in natural language. We want people to get to know you through this work. Be sure to embed hyperlinked words within these body paragraphs, so that we can link out to your portfolio site, exhibitions, movements, etc. Have fun with this!




By Drew Broderick, May 2018

Where do you call home?

Brooklyn, but moving to Texas soon.

What is one good thing that has happened in the past 24 hours?

I watch a really good movie last night, Nights of Cabiria.

What is a song that you never tire of listening to?

Crocodile Rock.

What have you been reading lately? Thoughts?

The Looming Tower & God Bless Texas... I think Lawrence Wright is incredible.

What drew you into the contemporary art world?

When I was in college I took a photography class.

How would you describe your work/practice to a total stranger? To a friend’s 5 year old child? To a grandparent?

Video and photography about places I visit.

Influences: we all have them regardless of whether or not we acknowledge them. Who or what currently inspires your work?

I was raised by movies — I tend to think about films a lot.

What were your intentions for this residency and how have they changed since being at the Wassaic Project?

I wanted to make a video about my time here, it became an essay more about visiting things.

What role does community play in your work, and how has community shaped your experience of this residency in particular?

I like to collaborate and document — this has been a great place for it.

How has place influenced your time at the Wassaic Project, and where is your favorite “spot” in Wassaic?

It's nice to be out of NYC, to be honest. I like to walk over near the barn in the large field near the goats.


If I feel insecure at anytime I instantly lose it when I start working.
— Ruth Freeman

Photos by Walker Esner