I'm introducing an installation / sculpture project through Kickstarter that will make a re-creation of the terracotta warriors in the form of lego people. The figures will be displayed in glass vessels with lids. This will help deter the possibilities of theft during exhibitions (I figured thousands of lego men laying around, theft is definitely a possibility). The glass vessels/jars will also act as a representation of a time capsule. being that the original terracotta warriors were 'locked away' and not discovered for thousands of years, I thought it would be interesting to show my version of the terracotta warriors locked away as well. The jars would also act as a means to show the repetition of the figures. I originally considered the possibilities of re-creating the entire terracotta scene (the horses, chariots, etc) but thought later that it would take away from the repetition of the work of art as a whole.
Background on the story:
I originally made six of the figures as a joke because I work in clay a lot and I thought it would be a comical idea. An art peer who I studied with in college mentioned that it would be awesome to have thousands of them, a literal "thousand strong terracotta army!" At first I kind of shrugged the idea off as a joke. I continued thinking about it, however, and a few weeks later decided that I needed to try to make it a reality. The project will create a minimum of one thousand terracotta lego warriors.
Where do the funds go?
The funds raised through here will help with some of the expenses with buying the terracotta clay, firing the clay (I don't have a kiln so I need to pay per fire), buying slips and glazes, construction/display costs, book production, as well as transportation and installation fees.
What's in it for you?
As a contributor, you are entitled to rewards! Several rewards have been set-up, ranging from personal thank yous, to hand-signed postcards, limited edition book runs, as well as pieces of the art itself. Interested in a reward that isn't offered? Make a suggestion and maybe it will become a reality.
The Fine Print:
As many previous Kickstarter contributors know, the money raising works on an all-or-nothing basis: either 100% is raised or the funds are cancelled.
What will happen of the finalized project?
The final project will be toured around with some of my other art shows that I have throughout the year. I am interested in possibly showing the finished piece at the Grand Rapids Art Prize, as well.
About the Artist:
An important part here, I think. After all, contributors and benefactors want to not only offer funds to a good project, but also to someone who has the background and expertise in the field.
I have been working professionally in the arts for the last decade. originally a painter, I changed my concentration towards printmaking about five years away when I first had to take it for a requirement in a college course. Since then, I have worked mainly in printmaking and ceramics (both hand-built and wheel thrown). My artwork is featured in the permanent collections of several museums i the United States and throughout the world including the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan (a top 5 museum in the U.S.), as well as in Japan, China, Wales, England, Cyprus, Malaysia... and many other countries. My work is in private collections throughout the United States and in a dozen plus universities.