I am raising the funds to be able to frame and prepare my artwork for showing in October! On the afternoon of October 13th, I will have my first art gallery reception where my work will proudly hang in the Belhaven art gallery in Jackson,MS, and all of you can come see it! This is such an exciting time for me and I would love for you to be a part of it by donating towards my framing fund! Read on, to hear about my artwork, and then choose a pledge to help me accomplish it!
I am currently doing several different things in my studio. I spend most of my time on learning true-light painting, a style of painting that focuses on observational colors. I seek to capture the “light-key” and the essence of the exact time of day or mood of the colors consistently throughout the painting. Each painting takes long hours of careful looking and color mixing. There is a joy to being able to make an ordinary landscape or still life beautiful by showing the bits of unexpected color that light creates.
Another thing that I am super-excited to be working on makes use of glass, broken glass, oil paint, and different kinds of wax. These innovative pieces combine both sculptural and painting qualities - creating beautiful, but complicated non-objective designs. They also use the effects of light, but in an unusual way, as light comes through the layers of glass and wax creating a glowing effect. People who see the pieces always want to touch them, because their surfaces are so intriguing. I'm also enjoying combining unusual colors and textures and shapes.
The other type of art I spend a lot of time doing is my drawing. Charcoal is one of my most favorite mediums, and I have shown several very large abstract drawings in student shows. I have been working in this series for a few years now. The drawings evoke a sense of deep space and motion and imitate the vocabulary of organic forms found in patterns in nature such as ears and bone marrow. One dancer who saw one of my large drawings told me it inspired her to want to choreograph a new dance. Others wish to explore the deep detailed parts. In fact, one of my drawings showed in the Mississippi Collegiate Exhibition, held at JSU this past year, where I actually won first place in the mixed media category for a another piece made of the latex gloves that I used while working with the charcoal.
My desire is that from this project, not only would I learn important lessons, but I would be able to share those lessons with those around me effectively. I want to draw people in from the community to sit and listen, to stand and watch, and then to participate in my discoveries. I want to engage people to think about art, and its purposes. In order to do this, I will be eager to explain for how I make things and why I make them that way. I want to be very open with my processes: my failures as well as my successes.
The success of this show will be priceless for my success as an artist. My goal is to be able to continue to have a studio and work by painting and drawing. I love to engage people about what I do. I do not create my work for myself alone, as much as I enjoy doing it. I am hoping to use this fall's show as a launching pad into obtaining other shows and gallery representation. I want to give back, by creating artwork that people enjoy, but also by encouraging other artists, and encountering those outside of the artistic community with my points of view.
My show will be in conjunction with two other female artists: Natalie Carrol and Clara Bradford. We are working together to create not only excellent artwork, but a well run reception, and a wide community impact, with effective press and contacts. Our show will be held in the Belhaven University gallery. We will be doing a large majority of the work ourselves, including all of the framing and hanging, the running of the reception, and the creation of the working gallery space. We will also be using our websites to spread the word about our work, and also to invite others to join us in our processes of discovery and growth. It will be a lot of work (!), but well worth it! If everyone's pledges reach my fundraising goal, then my project will be successful!
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