I recently got accepted to my first residency program in Manchester, England. I will live there for six weeks, and create a room full of larger than life, imaginary, paper creatures, living in a mixed media environment resembling a tunnel book.
There will be large, colorful, painted paper dolls/creatures that will be mounted on some sort of sturdy backing so they can stand upright. The creatures will look similar to my drawings (watch the video for more images of my work.) They will be long legged people, with odd shaped heads (squares or misshaped circles), and house shaped hats, or ice cream cone shaped hair.
This paper sculpture I completed several months ago, called "Are We Home? Are We There?" was the initial inspiration for the installation:
The anthropomorphic creatures will be engaging in different scenes that represent different elements of Americana culture, different culture's folklore about magic/ritual, and different cultural fairytales. The different objects within the scenes will be 2-dimensional drawings/paintings/prints that will also be mounted on a sturdy background. They will be positioned at different lengths from each other to represent a tunnel book.
The viewer would be guided through the room by a path I will create, so he/she will interact with the piece in a specific way. The environment would mostly be separated from the viewer by a fence.
The way the viewer would interact with the piece would be similar to how one walks through the zoo, or goes on a ride at Disneyworld. (ex: It's a small world) It will be a 'tour' of someone else's world.
A disney-esque ride filled with wholesome mutants.
Disgusting, creepy creatures that oddly stimulate either childhood nostalgia, or feelings of strange comforts.
I would like the relation between the viewer and the art piece to mimic a zoo, where you are viewing caged creatures in a 'natural habitat.' The fence separating the viewer and the art piece would further perpetuate the feelings of the zoo, and also propose complicated power relations between the larger than life creatures within the cage, and the smaller viewer who gazes upon them.
I would like the environment/scenes to be sugarcoated, wholesome and overly romanticized, but to also have subtle, dark undertones.
For this project, I am focusing on how I saw various cultures (Americana culture, or foreign cultures), through the lens of Disney movies as a child, how those romanticized, watered-down images of culture stuck with me, and how I related to these images as an adult. The darkly wholesome, sugarcoated environments/scenes will be representative of these thoughts.
WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE:
I need funding for:
-materials to complete the project (paints, paper, wood, ect.)
-documentation of the project after it's completed (professional photographs and a video of the piece)
-shipping back to the states
-living expenses while I am completing the project (I will be working on the project 60+ hours a week. I will not have time for another job!)
and I already covered funding for the airfare (it says I need funding for it in the video.. just wanted to make that clear so no one things i'm being sneaky or anything..)
If you donate, you will receive prizes!
Anything between a print of one of my drawings, to a mural painted on your own wall.
So if you like my art, like my idea, and love to support the arts, donate to my project!
- (45 days)