For those of you who I am meeting for the first time, my name is Samantha Burns and I am an interdisciplinary artist. Currently I am going into my final year at Florida State University’s Master of Fine Arts program. My work ranges from paintings, to sculptures, and recently installation work. Earlier this year, I was thinking of ways to develop my career as an artist and decided to start looking for opportunities to expand my creative practice. So I did a little research and found an opportunity for a studio based inquiry and research program in Berlin, Germany through the University of Cincinnati. I wrote a proposal for the projects I would be doing and the research I would conducting, and this past Spring I was selected to participate in this program.
From July 7th to August 17th, I will be immersing myself in an exciting and creative environment where I will be creating a series of projects relating to exploring elements of memory, the relationship between trauma and recovery, and the evocative qualities of different materials. These projects will consist of photographs, time-based installations, assemblages, drawings, and writing during my 6 week stay in Berlin, Germany. I will have access to the machines inside the Kulturwerk Sculpture and Printing Studio facilities to fabricate my work. Besides creating my own work, the program will allow me to participate in gallery talks, work with local artists, visit gallery shows weekly, and interview artists.
Berlin is a perfect place for my work, in addition to the remarkable art scene the history of the city lends a perfect background for my research. Berlin is a city rich with trauma, loss, recovery, and the continual strive to rebuild it. I found a kinship with this in regards to my artwork and myself. My current body of work is developed through a personal history with trauma and recovery. Research in my work comes from my experiments with surficial manipulation, the fickle relationship between time and memory, and my interest in the mind’s influence on our identities and awareness. www.SamanthaBurnsArt.com
The program does not cover the full expenses; Kickstarter will soften the burden of materials, working inside of the Kulturwerk studios, as well as cost of travel and museum visits while in Berlin. By backing this project you will be able to choose from a variety of rewards, different prints I have created, handmade books, postcards, and thank you cards. Several of the rewards include art that has been inspired by past travels in appreciation of you helping me make the most of my travel in Berlin. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding option. If I don’t reach my goal, I don’t receive any of the funding, and you are not charged anything. If you have any questions about me, this project, or the available rewards, please does not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for taking the time to read about and listen to this project. I will have a blog set up for this trip and you can follow my progress and me on it. I hope you will consider supporting me.
Risks and challenges
1. Maintaining a balance between working in the studio and traveling to do research. However, through proper planning before and during this trip I feel confident that I will be able to maintain a good balance between these two.
2. Working in a new studio and unknown environment can have a few risks too -- finding and getting the appropriate materials, finding locations/times to install these projects, and getting used to a new studio work space. There is considerable amount of time in my travel and work schedule to figure all of these out. I will be there for 6 weeks and will be able to problem solve for my projects if there is a need for change in location or material.
3. The risk of a new materials or a project not working out as planned is always a risk in creating a new project in a foreign location. Again, this studio-based challenge is part of the reason I applied to participate. I will learn how to problem solve and work even better within my practice through these minor challenges. This problem is easily taken care of by running smaller studies of works and keeping a journal with sketches and notes.
I am confident in my studio practice and abilities to plan for the future, that while a challenge many occur it will not derail me from making my art in Berlin this summer. I will have plenty of time to do research, travel, and create a series of work during my stay in Berlin. While there are some risks, the program I will be with and the planning I am doing ahead of time, will help me make the most of this experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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