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A constructed fantastical bedroom scene which will be both a photograph and  a live installation.
A constructed fantastical bedroom scene which will be both a photograph and a live installation.
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Hello! Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter project!

I am a photographer and installation artist living in Atlanta, GA. My Kickstarter goal is to partially fund the next installation/photograph in a series I've been working on for about 8 years. Each image in this series requires the total transformation of an empty room or space into its own conceptual reality. I was fortunate enough to have raised half of the funding for my previous image and installation (Tornado, pictured above) thanks to Kickstarter and the amazing generosity of friends and strangers alike.  I have turned to Kickstarter again for help with my current project which will also be both an installation and a photograph. I received a grant from Flux Projects http://fluxprojects.org/ to build the installation titled, "Don't Forget Your Funeral," which will be featured during Flux Atlanta's one night public art extravaganza on October 6th of this year. While the construction grant for the event is awesome, I still need to raise more funding for film (I am using an 8x10 film camera to capture this scene), development, lighting equipment, model fees, helpers, and to cover some of my constructing time. A bit extra is added to pay Kickstarter fees as well as costs associated with fulfilling rewards.

What you can expect to see in the Scene and Photograph:

The scene itself will feature a bedroom with two antique single beds (I will be using beds that belonged to my grandmother and grandfather). Nature will play a significant role, as it does in virtually all my work, and the room will be filled with many interesting props. There will be dark thorny branches climbing the walls and running through the space and the walls will be painted a blue/green sea foam color (probably inspired by Downton Abbey!) to contrast with the darkness of the branches. The models, one on each bed, will be creating the scene around themselves. One will be crafting various kinds of birds from the pages of books and the other will be painting them black and adding them to the ceiling, which will be completely full of black birds, some constructed and some bought. Some of the birds, once added to the ceiling, will appear to be transforming into real birds. Many unpainted birds will appear in the interior of the scene, some carrying in their mouths and claws little trinkets and objects "stolen" from around the room.

Info on Rewards:

Along with refrigerator magnets, postcards and prints of the finished image, I am also offering some of the actual handmade birds from the scene as rewards. Also, backers can send me a trinket or something small (a piece of jewelry, a scrap of fabric, a key, etc.) to be carried by a bird in the scene. Below are examples of some of the smaller birds which I am making by hand. These birds (hummingbirds, finches and swallows) are available as rewards at different levels.

swallow made from pages of an old cookbook
swallow made from pages of an old cookbook
hummingbirds made from pages of The Scarlet Letter
hummingbirds made from pages of The Scarlet Letter

To see more images from this series called "Scenes," please visit my website: www.dorothyoconnor.com

Thank you so much for learning about my Kickstarter project!

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    My sincerest thanks and a public declaration of gratitude on my website!

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    A large postcard of the finished scene, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note!

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    A 4x6 refrigerator magnet of the finished image (only available through this Kickstarter campaign), a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the image!

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    A 4x6 refrigerator magnet of the finished image, a handmade paper hummingbird or finch (artist's choice) from the actual installation, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    A limited edition 8x10 print of the finished image (only available through this Kickstarter campaign), a handmade paper bird (artist's choice) from the actual installation, the opportunity to send me a small object to be carried by a bird and thus featured in the scene, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $5 for shipping.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A handmade paper swallow (artist's version) from the actual installation, a limited edition 8x10 print (only available through this Kickstarter campaign), a 4x6 refrigerator magnet of the finished image, the opportunity to send me a small object to be carried by a bird and thus featured in the scene, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    Two handmade paper birds (artist's choice) from the actual installation, a limited edition 8x10 print only available though this Kickstarter project, the opportunity to send me a small object to be carried by a bird and thus featured in the scene, a 4x6 refrigerator magnet, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    A 12x14 limited edition print of the finished image, a handmade bird from the scene (artist's choice), the opportunity to send me a small object to be carried by a bird and thus featured in the scene, a 4x6 refrigerator magnet, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    A 16x20 print from a limited edition of 10 for an unusually low price only available though this Kickstarter project, a handmade bird from the scene (artist's choice), the opportunity to send me a small object to be carried by a bird and thus featured in the scene, a 4x6 refrigerator magnet, a public declaration of gratitude on my website and a handwritten thank you note on a large postcard of the finished image! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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