Over the last few years I have started a collection, one that consists mostly of family heirlooms and artifacts from nature. These objects, in my mind, signify stories; they carry with them a narrative of the past as well as a narrative of how they came into my possession. My art making process is centered around this collection. I select objects and, through visual observation, make labor-intensive line etchings. I print on thin mulberry paper, which I iron with beeswax; this causes the paper to become translucent. I then cut multiple prints into pieces, reassemble them into new forms, which I hand-sew to larger sheets of paper dyed with fiber reactive dye. The finished pieces are ephemeral and ghostly. The built up layers of sheer paper further obscure the abstracted drawing. Upon close inspection the thin lines evoke hair and the carefully stitched elements become more apparent.
This August I will be working with the artist residency Site Space. Site Space is a mobile residency program where the artist is given a trailer for a duration of time. The trailer can act as a gallery, living quarters, a studio space or a piece of art in itself.
For my upcoming project, “Site Space Collections,” I plan to continue working with the idea of collecting and the narratives of objects. My project starts with me hauling the trailer up to Big Sur in Northern California. Once there, I will camp out on the beach for three days, collecting objects along the shore during that time. I will create a site-specific installation inside the trailer made of objects I find on the beach. This piece will grow and change during my duration. I will also make drawings of the installation at various points in time. Once I return I will have access to the trailer and my installation for three weeks, and I will continue to make drawings and photographs. My residency will conclude with a pop-up show where viewers will be invited inside the trailer to interact with the installation. The drawings will be displayed in a nearby gallery.
The bulk of my budget is dedicated to getting the trailer from Long Beach to Big Sur and then back again. After that, the majority of my budget goes to cover supplies: paper is my biggest cost. I work in a collage-like manner, cutting and sewing different papers together to create forms. I like having several different types of paper with varying textures to choose from. I have also budgeted for a professional photographer to document my installation once it's returned to Long Beach.
The basic budget is as follows:
Gas roundtrip: $198
Photographers fee: $200
Food costs while camping: $100
Somer Set paper, ten sheets @ $15 each: $150
Rives BFK, ten sheets at $5 each: $50
Tengucho paper roll: $59
Mulberry paper roll: $63
YUPO paper roll: $109
Fishing Line: $12
Needles one pack: $4
Thread, six spools @ $2: $12
T-pins one pack: $3
My goal of $800 will not fully cover my residency costs, however, it will bring my out of pocket costs down to a level that will be more manageable. If I were to raise more than my goal then I would make the project bigger and include more elements; adding more stops along the journey, building a webpage, publishing a catalog and renting time at a printshop to make etchings.
I am offering an array of rewards for my campaign. These include small handmade buttons made out of prints, silk-screened post cards, personal thank you cards, sketch books and art.
Hand drawn doodles drawn by me. Each one will be unique and given out randomly.
A 7"x5" drawing of a sea urchin on clayboard, red/orange watercolor wash.
A 7"x5" drawing of a fox head on clayboard, purple watercolor wash.
A 7"x5" drawing of a fox head on clayboard, red watercolor wash.
A 7"x5" drawing of a broken antler on clayboard, purple watercolor wash.
A limited edition run of my etching "Pelts." Image size 18" x 24" paper size 22" x 28"
A limited edition run of my etching "Remnant." Image size 24" x 35" paper size 26" x 37"
What is Site Space:
Site Space is an artist residency/studio space run out of a vintage 1962 Lakewood caravan. Site Space was established and is still headquartered in Long Beach, CA, but is not limited to the LA/Long Beach area and aims to benefit each artist proposal with the ability through mobility.
Site Space’s goal as a residency is to function as an artistic platform that each visiting artist can explore creative ventures generated by the idea of mobility and the potential to connect with community and interact with their chosen environment.
Since its launch in Fall of 2011, Site Space has already hosted a hand-full of a local artists with residencies ranging from 1-day activations to 6 month projects.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is unexpected expenses and lack of followthrough. In order to counter these issues I have already obtained the permits for the camp site and the Site Space curator has made arrangements for the trailer to be towed to the desired location.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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