Torin Porter’s passion for sculpture has its roots in early experiences. Born in 1969 in northeastern Vermont, he grew up next door to and performed with the Bread & Puppet Theater. As an adult, he toured internationally as a stilt dancer with the MOMIX dance company, created sculptural performance events for Phish’s outdoor concerts, large-scale sculptures for the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, and served as props master for Circus Smirkus.
Julia Shipley’s reading for Exposed is inspired by short pieces from her project: Ten Sabbaths: Drawing on Stillness, created during a Habitat for Artists residency. During ten consecutive Sundays throughout summer and fall 2011, she’s been exploring “clearings”, the inherent and necessary pauses within the labors of farming, and creating pieces of writing suitable for those restive interstices.