The Project: I will attend an artist residency at the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris, France beginning in January 2012 until May 2012. Once there, I aim to examine the current state of leisure in a city that has a rich history of defining frivolity, and which coined the phrase “joie de vivre,” the joy of life. Using the immediate collections of Impressionist paintings, the art of French Post Impressionists, and the current culture of modern France for research, I will produce a body of work that stages ideal scenes of leisure found in contemporary Paris. These works will incorporate art practices such as; silkscreen printing, hand made doll figures and sewn textiles, along with other mixed media techniques. To gather inspiration, I intend to visit museums, parks, doll factories, taxidermy shops, and the many artisan shops in neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris.
Why This Project Matters: Artist residencies are important stepping-stones for career opportunities, artistic achievement, and inspiration. For me, developing artwork is a form of cultural research, and critical engagement. In the current state of economic crisis at home and abroad, I am concerned with how French citizens celebrate life culturally through leisure. How is this possible with little or no money? How do the French sensibilities of leisure differ from Americans?
Why this Project REALLY Matters: When I am not hard at work in my studio, I teach art to underserved youth in Philadelphia Public Schools. I believe contemporary art in education provides a platform for students to engage in projects that enhance critical thinking, collaboration, and, most importantly, an outlet for expression. When I return from Paris, I will resume working with these students, and they will benefit from my ongoing research, illustrated in new curriculum development, advanced formal techniques, and new, exciting projects I can bring to the table.
Your Support: Making a donation is essential for my success during this residency in France. All donated funds will provide essential materials for my art making practice such as; paper, ink, sewing materials, documentation tools, art shipping costs, research expenses, and basic expenses. This is a pivotal opportunity in my career that will foster educational and exhibition opportunities in the future. Your monetary support will enable me to create an exciting new body of work, and grant me access to every influential opportunity available during my trip. When I return to the States, your gift will keep on giving as I transfer my skills and experience to my students.
My Gift to You: Each of the gifts available for your donations are original works of art, which were created with much time and love to express my appreciation for your help.
You are Amazing! Thank you for your support in this project, and for believing in me as an artist. You can follow my projects and exhibitions at my website www.shelbydonnelly.com. Most importantly, I would like to hear from you! If you have any questions about my artwork, feedback, or just want to say hello, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks: I want to thank Raul Romero and Carlos Avendano for filming my Kickstarter video! I could not have done this without you.
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