In March 2016, Sonia Farmer embarked on a four-week International Residency at the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados.
The mission of Fresh Milk is to “support excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development and foster a thriving art community.”
While there, Sonia worked on an erasure of Richard Ligon’s A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (1657) encountered in their Colleen Lewis Reading Room. This erasure became the basis for her artists book, A True & Exact History (2018), returning to Fresh Milk in May 2018 to exhibit the artist book and engage in an artist talk about the process.
Sonia also led a four-part workshop on book binding where participants tried a variety of book forms, from simple folded structures all the way up to multi-signature journals.
You can read more about her residency reflections on the Fresh Milk blog here.