I have had some wonderful developments that I would like to share with you.
Yesterday, I had an open studio sale to augment my
fundraising campaign. Despite being a
hot and humid day that involved at least one downpour, we had a constant flow
of visitors who delighted in finding affordable art and partaking in a treat or
two. I had an array of work from my
modest beginnings as a printmaker and photographer, to what I now focus on,
It was amazing to see the development of my work over the
years all displayed in one space.
Although my painting has matured greatly, the threads of imagery and the
progression of my learning and ideas were clearly visible.
A lot of work went into the day. I had some incredible help from
my family and friends to which I am most grateful. When asked “was it worth it?”
I would say regardless of how much money I made, yes, it was. It was really great to connect with people and
hear what they thought about the paintings and to share with them some details about this trip.
It was a day filled with touching interactions and stories
It reminded me that some projects are bigger than one person.
Some projects involve a whole community.
I think these are the best kind of projects. I have been so thankful
that my artistic vision and goals have been recognized and supported this way.
Now with the open studio behind me I can plan the 3
paintings that I will do while at the residency in Austria. I am typically not an artist that works that
fast so I must lay a strong foundation to my paintings before I arrive. I will be working on paper which can be
easily rolled and transported. The
paintings will either focus on the crystalline structure of water or they will
be the first explorations I do with the particle collision imagery. I will need to spend a little time
experimenting to figure out which would make the most sense to paint during my
On the CERN front, I have also been making some progress in
making personal connections with the physicists who are stationed there. I want
to make the most of my short time at CERN where I will be researching for
future work that revolves around particle collisions and the Higgs Boson. Making these personal connections is crucial
to learning and seeing all I can during my visit.
This project has spurred much interest. I have been
approached by several bloggers and magazines. Some have also volunteered to help spread the
word about Boundless to ensure its success. One example of this is; a few months ago I was the featured artist in SuperConsciousness Magazine and today a Boundless project intro and link appeared in the on-line newsletter.
Although my stats have been up and down I am
feeling positive about my chances of success. It has truly been a pleasure to
see this project grow well beyond my normal reach. Thank you so much for your
generosity and support.
Sincerely, Alicia Hunsicker
To stay up to date on the funding progress
of Boundless here is a link to
Kicktraq which displays detailed stats, trends, and projections.