Me: I am a visual artist who has worked with bamboo and glass for almost twenty years. I gather my own bamboo and use techniques I have developed over time along with a few I have learned from Japanese bamboo friends. I am passionate about bamboo, it is the material of the future.
I am also passionate about creating beautiful objects which tell a story. You can see more about my work at www.charissabrock.com
The project: I have two shows coming up in July and would love to be able to expand my color pallet and scale. I will be working on two installation based pieces; In Anacortes, WA I will be building a wall sculpture called “Flos Agri” (Latin for color field). This wall piece will be made from 20 bamboo and glass flowers flowing across the wall. I will also be building a piece called “Volantem Colorum” (Latin for Color Fields) for Riversea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. This piece will be made from 15 winged flowing colorful forms suspended in the middle of the gallery space.
The background: Over the past twenty years my sculpture has developed from small and simple table top and wall pieces to larger forms which fill more space. This project is born out of a desire to expand my color pallet from a few to many colors. I also yearn to build bigger, and the opportunity of the exhibition spaces make it possible.
The work is already in process right now. You can visit my facebook and instagram pages to see the step by step process I have been working through. I went from locally gathered whole bamboo canes and sheets of glass to 1200 bamboo strips, 25 heat bend bamboo s curves, and 2500 small glass beads over the past 3 months.
Now I am on to phase two, assembly. Shortly after photography all your lovely rewards will be sent out. I plan on having everything in the mail by August 15th. Weekly updates will be posted on facebook, instagram, and here. Sometimes, however, the process can be like watching a snail crawl. I sew and tie everything together!
A special thank you to the American Bamboo Society, Nancy Moore Bess, Ned Jaquith, Jiro Yonezawa, RACC, and Bamboo Garden Nursery. Nothing would be possible without you! What a great journey it has been!
Risks and challenges
Over the past 20 plus years I have created artworks for exhibitions and installed the work on time 100% of the time. That is a great track record! Fulfilling this kickstarter would give me the time needed to create these works. Beyond the expense of producing the rewards, all earnings would go towards producing the work for the show. This includes materials, photography, shipping, and assistants pay as well as covering the much needed time in my studio.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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