During the last twelve months I have spent my free time working on a new group of fine art acrylic paintings. These will be exhibited from mid-March through mid-April in the 2011 Alumni Invitational Exhibition at Mississippi University for Women. MUW has $300 available to help defray expenses. I need additional funding to cover framing for the acrylic paintings and to assist with shipping costs.
FUNDING WILL GO TOWARDS:
Framing for the ten new acrylic paintings on canvas and funds toward crating and shipping the pieces round trip from San Francisco, CA to Columbus, MS.
Any funding beyond this will go toward expenses related to photographing and documenting the paintings.
SYNOPSIS AND PROCESS:
These paintings are an exciting new direction for me, an outcome of my breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, when I looked for a way to turn the experience into something positive. At that time I asked the question, "If my cancer could talk, what would it tell me?" The answer was that I needed to find time for painting, and my Praesentia Series was born.
These recent paintings are representations of structures that symbolize passages: turning points in life when a person is forced to look within when facing a difficult challenge. I use value and contrast to draw the viewer from the darkness and toward the light. The light represents hope and renewal. For subject matter, I've used photos I've taken of the watchtowers at the Great Wall in China as well as passageways at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and Fort Point in San Francisco.
The word "praesentia" means "presence" in Latin. To me it represents one of the ways I got through the cancer experience: by practicing "being in the moment" rather than focusing on the past or the future. This said, my paintings are not about cancer but about the human experience. They are like snapshots in time.
The exhibition at MUW feels pivotal as it will be the first public exhibit of this series. After this show I hope to exhibit the Praesentia pieces on the West Coast, regularly adding new paintings to the group. I would really, REALLY appreciate your help in getting these paintings displayed!
About Mississippi University for Women: Founded in 1884 as the first public college for women in the United States, MUW is a tradition-rich university that has also educated men for more than 20 years. U.S.News & World Report has consistently ranked MUW among the top Southern public master's universities. MUW also has been prominently ranked in other leading publications such as Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Consumer's Digest magazines. http://web2.muw.edu/
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