In early spring of 2012 at the beginning of what would be a period of great life change and transition, I spontaneously took a solo trip to Iceland. I was profoundly moved by the landscape, the light and the stillness and I left longing to return. The influences of this first trip are exemplified in the following works: Jökulsárlón Chopines (image shown above) lost wax cast crystal, and recycled reindeer leather. Beast (audio) and the following videos: Memory of Kjalarnes, Beast, Natura, and Valdis/Fegur∂ (below).
In 2013 I was awarded the Glass Art Association of Canada's project grant towards work inspired from my 2012 trip to Iceland.
I was recently awarded a one-month artist residency (AiR) at Gullkistan in Southern Iceland for the month of April 15-May15 2015. During my time there, I will be spending the month exploring light and the landscape in a more focused way. I will be continuing my work exploring, "The air WE breathe.." Through light and perception with field recordings of local bodies of water using an Aquarian audio hydrophone, shooting video, working with Icelandic clays, black sand and volcanic rock to incorporate and combine in my cast glass sculptural forms.
Since 2003 I have been collaborating artistically with musician, sound engineer, Andrei Gravelle.
Andrei and I work together through soundscapes built from a mutually profound admiration of nature. Often my sculptural forms are created organically alongside these increasingly generative works or vice versa. During my month in Iceland field recordings from local bodies of water will be captured for use in a generative soundscape Andrei and I have been composing since my first trip to Iceland in 2012. It is my hope, if finances permit, to return to Jökulsárlón and record, what I perceive as the living, breathing glacial lagoon. This soundscape will be premiered in 2016 in the immersive environment of, “The air WE breathe”.
I will be keeping a journal of my time at Gullkistan and Iceland on my personal blog (nanopod.me) and ‘live’ sketching with clay.
The clay sculptural forms will be fired using the Raku and Obvara process. My intention is to build a small Raku kiln while at Gullkistan in order to hold workshops, teach the local children and adults living in Laugarvatn as well as research new work while there.
Using a galvanized steel trash bin, refractory materials, and propane. This kiln will be left at Gullkistan and available for use by future AiRs and locals living in and around Laugarvatn.
After ten years of focused teaching out of my studio, and a host of significant life changes, I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to focus on my own work and research in beautiful Iceland!
I am launching this KickStarter campaign asking for your support towards this goal to help fund the high costs of travel, art supplies and materials necessary to build a small kiln while at Gullkistan. In exchange, I am offering works of art as my Kickstarter rewards.
Artwork created during my artist residency at Gullkistan requires special equipment, tools and supplies to make it happen!
Your support at any level will help towards shipping art supplies from Canada to Iceland and back. Building a small, garbage can kiln on location, paying for kiln fuel and electricity expenditure. Vehicle rental and petrol necessary for field recordings beyond Laugarvatn.
Here is the list of Rewards I am creating for you when you offer support in the form of money.
Please note that the goal amount is significantly lower than the total costs associated with this project.
Norns level ($10):
An eternally grateful THANK YOU on my website and blog!
Huginn & Muninn level ($25):
A set of postcards featuring a selection of images from my Icelandic adventures taken in 2012 & 2015.
Rán level ($75):
Along with a signed 12" x 36" special panorama taken on location in Iceland, while on my Artist residency, Rán level supporters receive first mix-down copies of an upcoming generative ambient, field recording soundscape.
Jötnar level ($150):
During my artist residency I will be creating small wearable, sculptural pieces from Icelandic clay, black sand and volcanic rock. Signed, numbered, limited edition works.
Approximately 1.5"w x 4"long .
These pieces will ship with a 20" sterling silver chain.
Elf level ($250):
During my artist residency I will be creating wearable, sculptural pieces from Icelandic clay, cast glass, black sand and volcanic rock. These sculptures will be bisque fired then dipped into a special Obvara mixture, adding random and surprise patterns!
Signed, numbered, limited edition works.
Approximately 2.5"w x 6"long.
These pieces will ship with a 20" sterling silver chain.
Valkyrie level ($550):
During the artist residency I will be creating sculptural pieces from Icelandic clay, black sand and volcanic rock. The clay portion of these sculptures will be bisque fired then dipped into a special Obvara or Raku mixture, adding random and surprise patterns! This work will then have sculpted wax forms added to them.
These wax forms will be cast in lead crystal to resemble the glacial ice at Jökulsárlón.
Signed and numbered, limited edition works. Approximately 5-6"w x 12-15"L
Go∂ars receive a one of a kind work of art made exclusively for them. As Go∂ar you have a choice of a sculptural piece or a wearable sculpture. Which ever you choose, rest assured it will be my goal to make sure it is a phenomenal work of art!
Goðars also receive the Huginn & Muninn and Norns level.
Viking Godess & God ($1850):
Gods and Goddesses receive both a sculptural piece and a wearable sculpture. One of a kind works of art worthy of your godly status,signed and dated. This level also receives a special soundtrack created to go along with these works of art, along with Jötnar, Huginn & Muninn and Norns level rewards.
All supporters receive a thank you on my website and blog!
Thank yous will be delivered April 2015
List of definitions and abbreviations used:
•AiR: Artist in Residence
•Raku: Wiki link- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raku_ware
•Obvara: This is a technique originally used to seal low fire pottery. It is believed to have originated in Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. Ever make a sour dough starter? Well, that is essentially what Obvara is! Flour, yeast, water and sugar mixed together and allowed to sit and ferment for several days. Clay forms are then fired to 1650˚, removed from the kiln and dipped into the Obvarra yielding unusual and completely random patterns. I cannot wait to experiment with my Obvara recipes while in Gullkistan. Flours, sugars and yeast from Iceland! RúgbrauðObvara!
•Hydrophone: A microphone designed to be used underwater for recording or listening to underwater sound.
•Viking Goddess or God: Odin and Fjorgyn
•Valkyrie: (from Wiki) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live.
•Jötnar: A mythological race of giants.
•Rán: A sea goddess.
•Huginn & Muninn: Odin's ravens, Thought & Memory/mind.
Norns: Beings who rule the destiny of gods and men.
The air We breathe: A body of work built from Vitrigraph cane and murrini, steel, cast glass and clay. Please visit my website for a full description of the original proposal. http://www.toscateran.com
The air We breathe received the 2013 Glass Art Association of Canada’s project award and the Ontario Arts Council’s development and creation grant in 2014.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge I foresee is transporting equipment and supplies internationally. I work with heavy kilns, refractory materials and I will be challenged to figure out what to ship in advance and with questions of safe transport. I tend to thrive on mistakes and chance in my work, so I am excited to see what comes of this adventure!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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