The Project (in a nutshell)
Drift is an art book based on the meaning of and search for home. Outside the confines of academic or institutional support, we are immersed in unfamiliar environments, even, in the case of Maja, retracing something of her experience as a child refugee. We treat the journey as a pilgrimage in anticipation of an unknown destination. Without permanent studios, we have the opportunity to work on the fly, in the moment, rather than after the fact, giving the book its sense of urgency.
The project brings us through Europe as well as Jordan where we will be organizing visual storytelling workshops with Syrian refugees. Having both worked from personal experiences and with individuals struggling with psychological trauma in our past work, Drift becomes not only a search for home but an experiment to see what happens when the work is created in a state of transience and full involvement.
Challenged by San Francisco’s increasingly steep costs, we’re permanently giving up our apartments and studios to travel and make this project together. Our next home is unknown. We’ve been lucky to receive invitations to participate in projects and exhibitions throughout various cities abroad, and have decided to take it as a sign. We will document this three-month journey by painting, writing, and drawing about our experiences each day. By the end, we'll collect the work into a single art book: Drift.
Your pledge is used in two ways:
- About two-thirds of the funds raised will be used for the production of the book itself. That will go toward the printing and shipping of books. Full color printing is expensive! $12,000 is the bare-minimum required for a roughly 9 x 11 inch, 132-page, quality art book. We would happily include more pages and print a hard bound addition if we succeed in raising more than our goal.
- The second part of the pledge goes toward supplementing travel costs necessary for us to make the work. The good news is that we’ve managed to raise some of these funds, but it’s not enough!
While traveling, we’ll be making art every day. The work might be made while in transit, on the street, and in donated art studios we’ve arranged ahead of time. We’ll be working in all media available from ink, watercolor, oil, found objects, photography, and some text.
We want to distinguish between a visual travel journal and the art book we’ll be making. Rather than, say, make a drawing or painting of a particular city or environment, we’ll be making work that’s directly and indirectly inspired by our experiences. If you’re familiar with either of our work already, you know that it’s bound to be a bit more...unusual.
As our plans stand now, we’ll land in Paris where Maja will have an exhibit of her work. Then we’ll move onto Hamburg to participate in a group show together. From there we’ll travel to Jordan where we’ll be volunteering for two weeks at a Syrian refugee camp and organizing a visual storytelling workshop with kids and adults, which we expect will be perhaps the most difficult and meaningful part of our journey. We’ll be there under the watchful eye of the Common Bond Institute and Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Institute. After we depart, we’ll land in Brussels, where we will be with friends who are helping us find space to work for a month. We’re also grateful that a similar situation is also being arranged for us in Copenhagen, where we’ll have a month-long studio to work on the book. We expect to make quick trips to Berlin, Austria, and Bosnia, where Maja was born.
All along the way, we’ll be making art that eventually will turn into “Drift.” Our Kickstarter campaign will become our blog as we make our way through. Check back often to see sneak peaks of the book in progress and glimpses into the journey itself. We'll take turns updating in our own voices discussing our respective experiences and sharing news.
Some details about a couple of the rewards:
$50 tier: Along with "Drift" you get a copy of the graphic novel "The Boy Who Made Silence" by Josh, which was published last year.
$120 tier: Here are the two prints Maja and Josh have made available exclusively for the Kickstarter campaign. Both are timed editions scheduled to expire in 30 days! You get to pick one, and we'll ask you which you prefer before we start fulfilling orders.
The rewards in these tiers will be the work we'll be making along the way, which will become a part of Drift. Though we haven't started the book yet, we'll be using Kickstarter as our blog, and will update frequently with some of the work we'll be making. Make sure to check back often for occasional previews!
Risks and challenges
As with any project, we are faced with some natural challenges that come with something of this scope. For instance, we are communicating with many groups and individuals in many different countries, while scheduling and navigating our journey. It’s likely that some destinations could change, or at the very least, their timing. We believe this comes with the territory and will be incorporated into the overall project. We don’t expect it to affect our productivity because we have agreed to make art everyday no matter what, but it could present constraints we couldn’t have foreseen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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