The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA has offered me the opportunity to participate in a month long artist's residency program.
VCCA provides housing, meals, and studio space to nine visual artists, thirteen writers, and three composers at a time. While in residence, I will use the time and space at VCCA to continue my body of drawings and paintings and expand my sculptural practice, creating a new body of work and a small zine or publication exploring the ideas and images behind my work.
My work deals with, examines, and visualizes the structure of the universe through ideas found in super string theory, multiverse theory, and science of mind ideology. The work is created around the idea that the basic element building our universe and our existence is a universal energy or consciousness, with the use of woven imagery, undulating, permeable planes, and forms derived from physical models of potential other universes or dimensions. I intuitively create, alter, and combine forms and planes of existence in order to explore the idea that all things are the same in their material and immaterial existences despite our seeming separateness.
Your contribution allows me to fund this month long period of intensive art making that would be impossible without your participation. While I would be able to cover the cost of the residency itself and perhaps also the cost of one month's constant use of supplies, the true reason that a residency while being a career building and extremely productive experience is also an enormous financial burden, is that while you stop your daily routine so that you can make new work your financial obligations don't go away.
The cost of the residency I've been offered is $3,600, but my cost has been reduced to $630 through generous scholarship from VCCA.
I'm on Kickstarter to raise at least $1,900. This covers the minimum amount of expenses that I will need in order to fund this project:
$630 for residency fees
$500 for supplies
$150 for transportation
$200 for shipping of art work and supplies
$300 for supplies, packaging and shipping of rewards
$100 for incidental costs
While at this residency I will not be working at my multiple jobs but my studio rent, apartment rent, internet, utilities, and phone bills will still need to be paid. Without this project I could either pay my bills or spend time on my work at a residency but not both. This is a wonderful opportunity to collect some great art work and have the funds directly impact my work and career through a constructive cause.
I plan on finishing a small publication that I currently don't have the time to work on called (working title) Diagram, and including it as part of the rewards. The zine will include images of my work, some of which will be completed at the residency, short essays exploring my inspirations and influences, excerpts of the writings of others and images that I use in the studio for reference or inspiration.
At my website I've added an additional page of past drawings and prints as well as examples of portraiture as a guide for what work you could receive as a reward for your contribution or what a commissioned work might look like!
Here's a preview of some of examples of what the work I'm creating as rewards or giving away from past works might be like:
Risks and challenges
I have been accepted to this residency and received financial paper-work clearly stating the cost, so if this project is fully funded there will be no obstacles to me reaching the program. This new body of work will include pieces on panel, similar to ones I have already made, small drawings and collages, and a few larger scale wall pieces and sculptures. I have a clearly defined idea of what I can accomplish in a month of full on art making given my many years of experience as a studio artist.
There are no collaborators, no events, no middlemen, no mass production, and no printing as a part of this project so the biggest challenge will be to complete and ship the rewards. I plan on drawing from already existing quality work and making the remainder of the rewards during the residency as an already scheduled in part of the project. Shipping is also staggered so that it easy to stay on schedule even if there are unforeseen time constraints. My rewards are planned with production time, shipping time, and buffer time factored in. I am incredibly organized and detail oriented so everything is scheduled and planned so that my project and rewards are an attainable goal and I'm not promising more than I can deliver.
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