I am Addoley Dzegede, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and a St Louis based artist who has been selected for an Artist-In-Residence program at the Arteles Creative Center, located in Haukijärvi village in western Finland, for July and August, 2013.
The Creative Center is run by Arteles, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for artists to explore, experiment, reflect, collaborate and produce work during the residency. Currently, my work focuses on the power of objects and materials to evoke memories, arouse nostalgia, and express longing and loss. Going to Arteles will allow me to reflect on the part of my ancestry that I know the least.
My maternal grandfather was Finnish. His mother emigrated from Tampere (located 43 km from Haukijärvi) to Boston in 1913, and his father from a town outside of Oulu. He was a very private man, an only child, and told us very little about his past or family. Only after his passing did my mother find out more about our family through Census data that had been released.
As my art work focuses on materials and memory, I plan to create videos, collages, installations and sculptures using materials found in Finland as a means to evoke an ephemeral and mostly unknown family history. I believe that physically being in Finland, the land of ¼ of my ancestry, will play an important role in the development of ideas for works of art.
Project ideas develop from materials that I find. I often source materials from the cast off possessions of strangers, which has included worn and frayed belts, outdated and marked-up maps, scraps of fabric, and paint swatches of seasons past ─ objects that carry real, yet anonymous histories. The Hämeenkyrö region is good for second hand stores, which will allow me to find the kinds of materials I seek.
In my art making, materials take precedence. I am drawn to the uniformity of manufactured goods and their potential as a base material for creating repetitive systems. I create works based on what is available, so I am also very interested in the possibility of creating environmental art using natural materials found on site.
How you can help
I decided to launch a KickStarter to help cover the expenses related to this residency, as the program does not cover the full cost of expenses. When I was accepted, I received a 50% scholarship for the program fee, but that still leaves the remaining half, and does not include materials and other related costs. Since KickStarter is an all-or-nothing platform, I have set the goal for the bare minimum needed for the two months.
In exchange for backing the project, you will receive artwork inspired by the location and goals of the project. Rewards will allow you to have a piece of the experience created by the project.
Please consider sharing the link to this project with your social networks via your preferred method of choice, whether it be e-mail, Twitter, word of mouth or carrier pigeon (well, maybe that's a bit too slow). Every bit helps! Many thanks for the love and support!
More about me and my work can be viewed at addoley.com or addoley.blogspot.com. The song in the video is "Cantina Rag" (J. Williams) Performed By Jackson F. Smith. Courtesy of The Beehive Recording Company. www.beehiverecording.com
[Please also consider backing the project Kalevala, Land of Heroes - Arteles Center Artist Residency proposed by my travel and life partner, Lyndon Barrois Jr.]
Risks and challenges
I will be starting graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts as soon as I return from Finland. With this in mind, I have chosen appropriate reward delivery dates that will allow ample time to finalize any animations and books created during the residency.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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