Susan diRende is heading to the New Zealand Pacific Studios Artist Residency Centre for a four-month stay to work on the manuscript for her latest project "A Year in Miniature." The text is a further exploration that began with the year long visual art project she began while at the centre for a previous residency that began January 1, 2015. That project, painting a miniature every day of the year to document and reflect a year on the road traveling the world, culminated in Paris on December 31. Now she is writing a travel memoir to accompany the pictures.

Susan will also be taking part in a group show taking place at the Aratoi Museum of Art in Masterton, NZ. Art Is a Living Thing will exhibit works from the 15-year history of NZPS, and will include performances, readings, and workshops.

Susan will be reading from her memoir along with a number of other writers, musicians, and performers to kick off the six-week exhibition.