WHAT IT IS- I'm raising funds for a portfolio project I'm curating & publishing on the theme of religious heretics, tentatively titled Witches & Mad Prophets. The final product will be 13 unique offset prints, each depicting a heretical person or movement, all put together in a nice hand-printed cardboard case!
THE ARTISTS- A truly thrilling & diverse assortment of drawers, printers, carvers, paper-cutters. Click on the names for more info-
- AMTK (Minneapolis MN)
- Bec Young (Pittsburgh PA)
- Charlotte Desedouey (Toulouse FRANCE)
- Corina Dross (Philadelphia PA)
- Dylan Miner (Lansing MI)
- Erik Ruin (Providence RI)
- Ian Cozzens (Providence RI)
- Katrina Avocado (Providence RI)
- Lee Relvas (Los Angeles CA)
- Mandy Katz (Philadelphia PA)
- Santiago Armengod (San Cristobal MEXICO)
- William Schaff (Warren RI)
- Xander Marro (Providence RI)
THE HERETICS- The finalized list is still in process, but everyone from religiously-inspired peasant uprisings to good witches who would battle evil witches to save crops to more familiar figures like Joan of Arc and the Witches of Salem will be depicted!
THE ORIGIN- I've long been fixated on medieval religious art and considered it one of my primary influences as an artist. From woodcuts to illuminated manuscripts to reliefs to Russian icon paintings, the intensity of the content, economy of gesture, intense stylization, flatness, themes of agony & transcendence- i get real excited about all these things. For a while now, I've wanted to make work that was not only influenced by this stuff, but more directly referenced it's themes. Being a non-religious person (raised Unitarian, currently vacillating between a halfhearted atheism and a vague glimmering of "spirituality") and certainly not a fan of hierarchical structures, I thought it'd be interesting to use the form to talk about the flipside of those usually depicted- those excluded, derided &/or persecuted by religious authorities for the nature of their being or belief.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES- Funds raised via Kickstarter will pay for my training to use the offset press at the AS220 community printshop, for the plates needed for the printing process, some nice paper to print on, cardboard for the cases, and if I'm lucky, to keep the lights on while I do all of this.
Any money above the $1500 goal will go to future print and publication projects!
- (31 days)