Can art help make sense of tragedy? Fallen Leaves seeks to begin to understand the horrific issue of children killed by their abusers.
Can art help make sense of tragedy? Fallen Leaves seeks to begin to understand the horrific issue of children killed by their abusers. Read more
The Inspiration for this Project
As an artist I am so excited about the unique opportunities created by the Kickstarter platform. We get to engage in not only talking about the issues we are exploring, but also the artistic process and how it is influenced by and influences our views of the art we are creating. This platform allows the artist and their collaborators to begin to engage in this conversation early in the process rather then only at the end, which is too often the case with more traditional platforms. The aim of my current project is to explore the very complex and difficult issue of child abuse. Each year approximately 1,537 children die as the result of being abused by parents and/or caretakers. How do we begin to understand these numbers? How can it be represented as a visual expression?
I start by gathering leaves, scanning them into the computer, tracing them (with a little artistic license), printing the leaf drawing, and cutting it out. I then roll out the clay, arrange the paper leaves on the clay, and cut around the leaves with a etching needle cutting the leaf out of the clay. For the drying process, each leaf is draped over a rock to give it a more natural-looking form. Once dry, the edges are smoothed slightly with sandpaper. I estimate that it will take seven (7) months to complete the project and send out rewards.
How do you get involved?
Obviously funding is key, without funding the project cannot move forward, but my hope is your involvement does not end there. Join us on the project blog http://fallenleavesproject.blogspot.com and the artist's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bob.striks to be a part of the ongoing conversation about the process and the meaning behind the numbers. I would also welcome you to send me leaves or images of leaves that can be used to create the drawings from which the leaves are created. There is also the opportunity for two collaborators to work with the artist to create their own unique leaf that will be included in the project (see rewards for details).
This project will:
• Require approximately 600 pounds of clay
• Take approximately 320 feet to display, requiring 107 yards of blue fabric
• Take seven (7) months to complete
• Require 1,537 leaves on which to model the clay leaves
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for this project will be insuring a steady supply of the approximately 600 pounds of clay necessary to finish it. The local art stores have had an uneven supply of clay making it difficult to move the project forward. There is an online supplier of artist products that I have used previously that has a large and more steady supply of clay that will allow the project to move forward uninterrupted.
The second challenge is the fragile nature of the finished leaves that make them vulnerable to breaking. In order to reduce this risk each leaf is individually wrapped and stored in plastic bins. I will also complete an additional 174 leaves and keep a small supply of clay on hand for replacement and repair purposes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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