Vermont Studio Centerhas offered me, Anna S.-C., the invaluable opportunity of an artist residency in Johnson, VT. The program provides housing, meals, and studio space to 50 artists each month. While in residence, I will create twelve uniquely embroidered paintings on canvas, employing color and texture to evoke elements of human physicality.
The goal for the Body Queeries Project, to be produced while in residence at VSC, is to create 12 unique works inspired by the lives of gender-queer and transgender youth. The hope is that this project will lead to an exhibition to benefit LGBT-identified homeless youth.*
* Funds raised on kickstarter will not go directly to any charity organization; rather, they will simply allow me the opportunity to create works!
<<My current art practice is an investigation into how we queer bodies--the ways we are quickest to define "Self" and "the Other." I am particularly interested in our framing of biological sex, sexual identity, and gender expression as presumed binary systems. Aesthetically, deepening this exploration means cultivating a variety of paints and textiles, materials chosen for their tactility.>> You can read more of my artist statement here.
THE HOW: With your help, of course! A typical residency month at VSC costs $4,000. I have been lucky enough to receive scholarship and artist grants to cover a significant portion of the residency fee for this intensive studio retreat. Through your generosity, I will able to surmount the remaining fees and material costs, and make this project possible!
Your contribution will simply allow me to pay the remainder of the residency fees. Any additional funds will go toward transportation to and from Vermont, material costs, and shipping of artworks. The works created at VSC will be posted on my website, and works in progress will be on tumblr in January 2013, and made available for sale at a later date.
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