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Laura ChristensenBy Laura Christensen
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Laura ChristensenBy Laura Christensen
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$25,938
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176
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, May 1 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

I am a visual artist. Over the last few years, I invited 30 award-winning authors to write in response to my art.THEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers is the singular anthology that assembles these richly imagined stories and poems with the captivating images that inspired them.

Imagining possibilities and forging new worlds, the stories and poems amplify the art. The artworks intensify the writings. Throughout the collection images evolve, characters re-appear, plots reveal, symbols come alive. We dream together. 

Collision of Tomorrows (after Self-Portrait as Apollo and Daphne, by Jorie Graham)
Collision of Tomorrows (after Self-Portrait as Apollo and Daphne, by Jorie Graham)

THEN AGAIN is a collector's edition of limited quantity and abundant quality. The professionally designed book will feature over 30 full-color images, each paired with its corresponding story or poem, all printed on heavyweight premium paper stock bound in sturdy softcover.  

The Booklet will be a shorter, seven or eight chapter version of THEN AGAIN.

Like all Kickstarter campaigns, this one is all or nothing. To fund this project, we need to reach our goal of $30,000 by April 30. If we do not, no one's credit card is charged and the project is unfunded.

This campaign is your exclusive opportunity to get a copy of the book and to take part in bringing this project to life!  

Braiding them into her hair would never work, even ignoring the smooth skin where her human ears no longer were. No, her rabbit ears had their own ideas.  (from Andrea Martinez Corbin's "A Lullaby from Long Ago" in THEN AGAIN)
Braiding them into her hair would never work, even ignoring the smooth skin where her human ears no longer were. No, her rabbit ears had their own ideas. (from Andrea Martinez Corbin's "A Lullaby from Long Ago" in THEN AGAIN)

About the Art

You can find vintage photographs languishing in attics, basements – perhaps even your own - and in antiques stores. I rescue them, but I do not preserve them like a conservator. Instead, I collaborate with each image to create something new with the old. 

Over the last couple decades, I’ve developed a technique for painting on vintage photographs. These rediscovered portraits and snapshots are the basis of my art: both canvas and inspiration for my painting. By the time I find them, the original chains of personal connection have broken. Subjects are freed to become characters cast and costumed, players in another story that forms fresh bonds with new audiences.  

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Contributing Writers

THEN AGAIN presents original stories and poems, each written in response to my artwork, by some of the freshest and most accomplished voices in literary and speculative fiction and poetry, including recipient of a 2018 Arab American Book Award, poet Safia Elhillo, author and essayist Akiko Busch, young speculative fiction writer Erin Roberts, best-selling author and multiple award winner Elizabeth Hand, Guggenheim and NEA fellow Mary Ruefle, another NEA fellow and short story writer Renee Simms, World Fantasy Awardee Sofia Samatar, and recipient of the World Fantasy Award - Life Achievement John Crowley... 

And many more top-notch authors:

Unoma Azuah,  Tina Connolly,  Andrea Martinez Corbin, Paul Di Filippo,  Jeffrey Ford,  Shawn Frazier,  Kij Johnson,  Kirsten Imani Kasai,  Karin Lowachee,  Simone Muench,  Paul Park,  Christine Poreba,  Jennifer Rapaport,  Gregory Scheckler,  Hollis Seamon,  John Seven,  Jim Shepard,  Karen Shepard,  Hasanthika Sirisena,  Sara St. Antoine,  Marjorie Thomsen,  Sarena Ulibarri, and Izzy Wasserstein.

Plus a reprint of a poem by Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham, to which I made an artwork in response.  And an introduction by curator Judie Gilmore.  

You'll find more information about each author below. 

Once I thought I might spend eternity with you, before I knew what it was or what it felt like.  Instead there is this skulking fellow, who disappears whenever I turn around.  (from Paul Park's "Memory Tower" in THEN AGAIN)
Once I thought I might spend eternity with you, before I knew what it was or what it felt like. Instead there is this skulking fellow, who disappears whenever I turn around. (from Paul Park's "Memory Tower" in THEN AGAIN)

Limited Edition

The funding goal of $30,000 affords an edition of 500 beautifully designed books. I’ll be delighted to make more if there's demand, but there are no plans for broad distribution beyond this Kickstarter campaign. I plan to produce only a couple hundred more than the quantity of book rewards chosen here. 

THIS is the place to get your book and be part of this effort!

a quick breakdown of where your dollars will go
a quick breakdown of where your dollars will go

How the Project Came To Be

Five years ago, curator Judie Gilmore invited me to participate in an exhibit for which authors wrote in response to the art. Inspired by one of my artworks, Hollis Seamon wrote a stunning short story, so thoughtful and potent on its own. Her story further re-created the already transformed photograph. 

Together the art and writing generated a third radiant thing.

I was hooked, and wanted more. So, I studied hundreds of poems and stories, and invited authors whose style could enhance the growing collection of art and writing. Each author chose which artwork to write on, and I offered some of them character prompts from other stories in the anthology. 

The culmination is a treasury of distinct, but intertwined tales and pictures to spark your imagination and wonder.   

The book itself is a collaborative work of art.

At this moment, 90% of the writers have finished their stories and poems, receiving an honorarium for their work. All the art is ready, and the designer is set to go. We’re connecting art, writing, and now you. 

Let’s get this done together.   

“I want to be a Flowerhead!” cried Erik Von. “I want to be a Flowerhead when I grow up!” But Father wouldn’t have it, and he yanked Erik Von away... (from John Seven's "Flowerheads" in THEN AGAIN)
“I want to be a Flowerhead!” cried Erik Von. “I want to be a Flowerhead when I grow up!” But Father wouldn’t have it, and he yanked Erik Von away... (from John Seven's "Flowerheads" in THEN AGAIN)

How You Can Join In

Become a Backer: Please consider backing this project at a level you’re comfortable with. The primary reward is the special edition book, THEN AGAIN, but we’re offering several great reward options. 

Spread the Word: If you think well of this project, please email your friends and family, share the campaign on social media, and talk with people about why you like it!  

If the book becomes a reality, it will be because folks like you decided to join the community that’s bringing this project to life.  

a sample spread from the book
a sample spread from the book

About the Authors  

REWARDS:

 The Book, THEN AGAIN 

The Book ($90) is the main reward and the purpose for this campaign. THEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers is a collector's edition of limited quantity and abundant quality. This professionally designed book will feature over 30 full-color images, each paired with its corresponding story or poem, all printed on heavyweight premium paper stock bound in a sturdy softcover.  The thick quality paper allows each page of image and text to shine independently without a hint or shadow of the other side showing through.

The Booklet ($25) and Booklet PDF ($12) offer seven or eight chapters of THEN AGAIN with writings by Tina Connolly, Hollis Seamon, Sara St. Antoine, Izzy Wasserstein, a collaboration of Karen and Jim Shepard, plus two or three more chapters yet to be determined when all the writings are complete. These writings and pictures weave together in a slightly different arrangement than in the book, emphasizing different sentiments and dreams.

Both the book and the booklet will be professionally designed by David Edge Design.  

If you would like a peek at how the art and writing can work together, please see the pairings that have been published by some wonderful online journals: Clarkesworldcarte blancheMenacing HedgeTupelo Quarterly, and Uncanny Magazine. These will be some of the chapters of THEN AGAIN.

initial cover concept (cover may change)
initial cover concept (cover may change)

 Signed Art Print + Personalized Book ($200)

This is a rare opportunity and a special Kickstarter edition! Choose from four popular images for your special pigment inkjet print on Canson Rag Photographique paper.  Each print will be professionally printed about 8 x 10", signed by me, and mailed to you unframed, and with protective packaging to keep it flat. After the campaign succeeds, a survey will be emailed to you where you can let me know which image you prefer. 

In addition, your copy of THEN AGAIN will be signed and personalized by me.

Four art print choices, three above and Asparagus (below). Please click to see more detail.
Four art print choices, three above and Asparagus (below). Please click to see more detail.

Sponsor Level - Framed Art Print and Personalized Books ($500)

This reward includes a framed art print and two personalized and signed books. A special edition print of your choice will be signed and elegantly custom framed in an approximately 10 x 12" finished maple frame with an 8-ply mat.

With gratitude for your sponsorship of this unique project, your name will be listed as a special Sponsor of THEN AGAIN. 

Approximation of how a framed print will look
Approximation of how a framed print will look

Collector Level ($2000)

A Collector reward includes two personalized and signed editions of THEN AGAIN plus a one-of-a-kind artwork from my studio. Each artwork combines a hand-painted vintage photograph (or two) with a cherry or maple shadow box frame or miniature cabinet - all painted, designed, and constructed by me. We'll work out a way for you to choose from a selection of available artworks. Thank you for collecting my art while also adding significantly to the effort of making this book a reality. Your name will be listed in the exclusive Collectors section of the book.

Flowerheads is one of many original artworks available!
Flowerheads is one of many original artworks available!

Producer Level ($5000)

At this level, your generous participation goes a long way towards making this project available for so many people. You can commission new art from me and/or choose from existing artworks to add to your collection.  Let's discuss what you'd like! You will also receive two personalized and signed editions of the book.  Your name will be listed as an Executive Producer on the copyright page of THEN AGAIN

Thank you very much for being such a tremendously important part of this project and for leading the community effort to bring this project to life!

The evening was advanced, and we were quite drunk, not only on wine, but on the presence of La Camelia, who, then at the height of her fame, seemed to be sending out soft beams of moonlight from the center of the parlor.  (from Sofia Samatar's "Reflections" in THEN AGAIN)
The evening was advanced, and we were quite drunk, not only on wine, but on the presence of La Camelia, who, then at the height of her fame, seemed to be sending out soft beams of moonlight from the center of the parlor. (from Sofia Samatar's "Reflections" in THEN AGAIN)

About Laura Christensen  

About David Edge Design 

About Gabriel Gomez, the videographer 

Previous Support

This project is supported in part by an A.R.T. grant, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Assumptions (after Correggio) - one of many original artworks available to a Collector or Producer
Assumptions (after Correggio) - one of many original artworks available to a Collector or Producer
Collision of Tomorrows (after Jorie Graham) - This diptych is featured in the book, and the original is one of many artworks available to a Collector or Producer of THEN AGAIN.
Collision of Tomorrows (after Jorie Graham) - This diptych is featured in the book, and the original is one of many artworks available to a Collector or Producer of THEN AGAIN.

Photo documentation of artworks by John Polak Photography and Stephen Petegorsky Photography.

Risks and challenges

Like all Kickstarter campaigns, this one is all or nothing. Not reaching our funding goal is the biggest risk. If we meet our goal, the risks in this project are small.

Producing such a singular book of fine art and writing takes a dynamic team. The artwork is complete and professionally photographed. 25 of the 30 fantastic authors have sent me their texts. Proofreaders are ready to hunt down any pesky typos. The book designer is on task. He’s worked with several excellent printers, and we will select one that is dependable, creative, and experienced with high quality beautiful art books. When we gain funding, we'll move forward into production.

Creating the book and the Kickstarter are new processes for me. I’m exploring new sides of my art-making and the articulation of my art. It's ignited a flurry of engagement and clarity that promises to impact my practice for the rest of my life. Thank you for joining in and giving me the chance to take these risks!

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    This unique book is the main reward, the purpose for this campaign. THEN AGAIN is a collector's edition anthology assembling 30 richly imagined stories and poems by some of today's top-notch authors. Each chapter also features a full color image of the artwork that inspired them.

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    Give one and get one! With this reward you'll get two books and your name printed in the Thank You section of THEN AGAIN.

    This anthology may not be available outside of this campaign. If you would like more than 2 books, please add $85 per additional book to your pledge now. Send me a message letting me know. I’ll make sure you get the number of books you want. Thank you!

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    An unusual opportunity and special Kickstarter editions! Prints of my art are rarely available. Choose one of the four popular images to be professionally printed about 8 x 10" as a pigment inkjet print on Canson Rag Photographique paper.

    This is also one of the few rewards to include books signed by me. Near my signature in each book, I'd be delighted to write a personal note to you or a person of your choice. Thank you for joining in!

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    This reward includes a framed special edition signed print and two personalized and signed books. The art print of your choice will be elegantly custom framed in an approximately 10 x 12" finished maple frame with an 8-ply mat.

    With gratitude for your sponsorship of this unique project, your name will be listed as a special Sponsor of THEN AGAIN.

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    In addition to two personalized and signed editions of THEN AGAIN, this reward level includes a one-of-a-kind artwork from my studio. Each artwork combines a hand-painted vintage photograph (or two) with a cherry or maple shadow box frame or miniature cabinet - all painted, designed, and constructed by me. We'll work out a way for you to choose from a selection of available artworks.

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    Your generous participation goes a long way towards making this project available for so many people. Your name will be featured as an Executive Producer on the copyright page of THEN AGAIN.

    This extra special reward is also customizable. You can commission new art from me and/or choose up to two existing artworks to add to your collection. You can get the engaging experience of exploring how I might incorporate some of your passions, your dreams, and your interests into my art. In addition, you’ll receive two personalized and signed editions of the book.

    Thank you very much for being such a tremendously important part of this project and for leading the community effort to bring this project to life.

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