WHAT THE PROJECT IS ABOUT
In this project I am trying to create a connection with the duality of an animal's existence, calm and wild, with our own human experience, organic and structured. Our existence is surrounded by organic forms and patterns that seemingly flow with nature yet we create artificial rules and boundaries for the way we live. In this project I have planned a method of tying the organic and the rigid together by stitching together smaller prints in a grid to create the larger organic form of the animal. By using this method each piece will be a creation of natural organic forms and textures juxtaposed against a constructivist grid, a process I call Panelism. The result is a meshing of the artificial and the organic. Ultimately I want to create a series of work that inspires people and to view beautiful animals in an interesting and unique way.
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The Animals is a photographic mixed media project to be done in series of animals. This series will debut at Kai Lin Art this September, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. After working for a couple of years doing photographic illustrations, mainly with animals as subject matter, I was commissioned to do a horse. This commission fell through, however, I decided to make the horse anyway. The result was something I fell in love with.
This drove my desire to create a series of animals in the same style as the first horse. I've always had a fascination with animals and how they're seemingly calm and peaceful at times and yet still very wild in their nature. I am very intrigued by the duality of their beauty and wild ferociousness and their ability to flip that switch at a moment's notice. When I spend enough time with an individual animal they sometimes even seem alien, completely out of this world.
WHAT IS NEEDED
My goals, if funded, are to visit more zoos and farms in the United States to gather more images of more animals to continue this series. I would like to see at least 50 different animals by the end of the project. Ultimately I'd like to go to the Columbus, Ohio Zoo and / or the San Diego Zoo and spend several days there collecting as many images of animals as I can. Between trip costs and construction and supply costs is why I thought Kickstarter would be a great way to fund this year long project. I've already have almost half of the animal images, however, to get more animals and to produce the full body of work will require going to different zoos and then to make all of them.
- Wood for panels $800
- Archival Photo Paper $700
- Printer Inks $1100
- Gel Medium / Encaustic Medium / Paint $1400
- Columbus Zoo $1500 and or San Diego Zoo $1500
- Production and equipment cost (not a camera as I have one) $1500
Each piece is constructed by first building wooden panels.
Each panel is then primed with tempera paint. Next the 30 sections of the image are then printed on archival semi-gloss 8.5x11 inch paper with K3 Series archival inks. I then cut all the sections out and tape them together.
After the image is successfully stitched together it is then mounted to the panel with gel medium and left to dry for 12 hours. Once dry a layer of gel medium is placed on top creating a texture, then allowed to dry for another 12 hours.
On top of the gel layer a second of gel and or encaustic wax medium is used, and again, left to dry for another 12 hours.
Next the whole piece is sealed with another layer of gel and the corners and textures are filled in with black acrylic paint. This provides a rustic weathered appearance to each piece.
Two nearly completed pieces, on the left is a 45"x36" panel and on the right is a 24"x30" variation.