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Abigail McNamara is creating a site-specific installation made of hand-cut paper for Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 25, 2012.

Abigail McNamara is creating a site-specific installation made of hand-cut paper for Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio.

About this project

Why should you back my project?

  • I am a recent college graduate trying to "make it" as an artist. 
  • I have a lot to offer artistically, but very little to offer financially. 
  • Your donations are making my first solo exhibition possible.
  • I'm offering amazing rewards (t-shirts & cut paper artwork!) that I made just for you!

So, what is an installation

Project Proposal 

What will it look like? How do you do that? What else will you do while at Paper Circle?

I will be creating a largescale hand-cut paper installation. My installation will be site-specific to the architecture of Paper Circle’s gallery space and will be in conversation with the dimensions of the space and the light as it moves through the cut paper. The paper will be hand-cut into a brocade of pattern, an abstracted pattern of a circuit board. The lacy cut paper will be stiffened into a rolling landscape and hung in sheets, 10 feet wide and 12 feet long. The lowest cut paper sheet will be suspended just above the gallery floor, and more of these paper “landscapes” will hang from the same invisible threads. These will be stacked in a column ascending to the ceiling, with six to eighteen inches separating one sheet from the next. The shadows cast on the walls and floor will emphasize the dimensionality of the paper. The work is a record of its own making -- a long intricate undoing of blank paper into an elaborate geometric skeleton. 

I have completed two largescale paper cut installations this year. I use a projector to project my drawings onto large rolls of paper and an X-Acto knife to cut them out. I have used white watercolor paper most recently, but I am exploring papers of varying color, density, and opacity for this installation at Paper Circle. The paper cuts are lightweight and hung from the ceiling using small eye bolts and monofilament.

Here are some photos of my previous cut paper work.

While at Paper Circle, I will spend some time finishing my project & installing it before the exhibition opening reception. I will also be teaching a workshop in paper-cutting at Paper Circle's studio. 

Sign up for the workshop here: http://www.papercircle.org/workshops/cut-paper-and-shadow-boxes

Artist Statement & Background

What does it "mean"? What inspires you? Why are you doing this?  Where did it all start? 

Through avid endeavors to truly know the materials I work with, patterns arise. Repetitive action unravels a delicate conversation between the medium and myself. My art is a study of structures – from white simplicity arises a beautiful web of complexity. I discover microcosm meeting macrocosm, and my hand guides my way.

I am working with cut paper to explore the capabilities of the medium. Humble paper, as it stands alone without surface treatment, as both sculptural object and canvas. The cut paper is strong and architectural, while also delicate and frail.

My early work was based in my studies in drawing. Mostly representational and highly detailed, I looked to nature, the human body, and pattern for inspiration. Throughout the last year I have undertaken an in-depth exploration of paper cutting and installation art. In the art of paper cutting, my drawing practice is synthesized with my interests in sculpture and installation. With an X-Acto knife in hand, I transform a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional sculpture. My drawings move off of the surface and into space.With a firm basis in my early stylistic choices, I have retained a fascination with pattern and detail and draw inspiration from natural, bodily, and man-made structures.

I am seeking to both understand and complicate the relationship between organic and inorganic. Through this artistic exploration of pattern, I have examined the contentions between organic and inorganic life & structure as well as the points at which they meet and harmonize. I draw inspiration from the suppression of nature, the spread of urbanity and contemporary efforts to unite the two in coexistence; to use inorganic technologies to replenish organic life and to use organic life to inform inorganic technologies. I represent this ongoing conversation through patterns, and my work reveals the ways in which these seemingly dichotomous entities borrow and learn from one another.

Project Timeline

So, what are you going to be doing for the next six months?

August 2012: Choose paper, diagram installation space, experiment with paper stiffeners and installation methods. Make circuit board t-shirt sample.

September - November 2012 : Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut. Everyday.

December 2012: Plan paper-cutting workshop curriculum. Create mailing list for exhibition cards. Continue to cut, cut, cut, cut, cut. Everyday.

January 2013: Design, print, and mail exhibition cards. Make circuit board t-shirts. Practice installing. Continue to cut, cut, cut, cut, cut. Everyday. Thoroughly plan and practice workshop curriculum & timeline.

February 2013: Continue to cut, cut, cut, cut, cut. Everyday. And finally (!!!) travel to Ohio for install. Sew pieces of paper together into large sheets, stiffen & mold into "landscapes", hang from ceiling. Teach paper-cutting workshop at Paper Circle. 

Budget

Where does my money go?

  • Art supplies (for Paper Circle installation as well as those for backers’ rewards)
  • Transportation: Roundtrip flight from Portland, OR > Columbus, OH and back + rental car to travel from Columbus > Nelsonville and back 
  • Lodging in Nelsonville for one week
  • Publicity (Exhibition card production & cost of stamps)

What if you earn more than $2200?

The projected goal of $2200 is the minimum amount needed for me to execute this project. However, with more funds, I will have some wiggle room in terms of being able to experiment with materials and afford higher quality ones. I will also be able to make higher quality rewards for you all (better quality t-shirts, inks, and nicely framed cut paper artworks made with higher quality papers). 

Any money that I earn over my projected goal of $2200, will first go toward the current project, and then be used to fund future installations. If this is the case, I will continue to keep my backers updated through this page and my website: abigailmcnamara.com.

What if you earn less than $2200?

If I do not reach my goal of $2200, your donations will not be charged, you will not get sweet rewards, and I will not receive any funding.

I will still, however, follow through with this project and do my best to make it to Ohio. Off of a Studio Assistant & Nanny's salary, it will not be easy, and with your support, I can reach my goal and make this happen!

Thank you!

Thank you to Paper Circle for inviting me into their amazing space! Thank you to Kickstarter and to all of my backers for making this project possible! 

Thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way and made my artistic journey possible. Special thanks to Debra Beers, Mike Rathbun, my supportive parents & siblings, my partner Addie, Grandpa Frank, Gram, Rick & Kate, Mally, Martin (tomemitsu!), and Lewis & Clark College, in particular the faculty of the Art Department.

Risks and challenges

The primary challenge of completing this project is the execution of the piece itself. I will be working on a very large scale to create an artwork which will encompass and impact the entire gallery space. I have done paper cut installation work previously, and am familiar with the installation process and challenges associated with transporting and displaying work of this size. The paper cutting process is very tedious and trying. The action of paper cutting requires careful attention and working on this scale requires great patience and dedication. Working on my paper cuts will be a daily practice until I have completed the square footage needed for my proposed installation. I expect that it will take the next five months to execute.

While at Paper Circle I will also be teaching a workshop on paper cutting & shadow box building. I have participated in a couple of skillshares and had the opportunity to teach in a very informal setting before. This will be a new challenge and I certainly welcome the opportunity gladly, as teaching is something that I am interested in pursuing in the future.

I'm sure that my week at Paper Circle preparing for and installing the exhibition will present many challenges as well. The installation is always a challenging step for me and requires long and often frustrating hours in the gallery perfecting a vision.

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    A circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    21 backers

    Original hand-cut paper piece by the artist (7"x5", subject matter may vary) + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    Original hand-cut paper piece by the artist (10"x8", subject matter may vary) + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    Original hand-cut paper piece by the artist (12"x10", subject matter may vary) + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    Original hand-cut paper piece by the artist (14"x12", subject matter may vary) + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    Original hand-cut paper piece by the artist (16"x14", subject matter may vary) + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    A portion (24"x18") of the circuit board paper cuts from Paper Circle by the artist + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    A portion (36"x28") of the circuit board paper cuts from Paper Circle by the artist + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    A portion (48"x36") of the circuit board paper cuts from Paper Circle by the artist + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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    Round-trip airfare from anywhere in the US to Columbus, OH for the exhibition opening + A portion (48"x36") of the circuit board paper cuts from Paper Circle by the artist + a circuit board T-shirt, designed and printed by the artist + an exhibition card

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Funding period

- (30 days)