An artist residency on Lake Superior's Rabbit Island in the summer of 2012 will be spent focusing on an ongoing obsession entitled Building the Ocean – in essence, the process of creating and constructing a very large expanse. The expanse that I aim to represent is water: its colours, subtle movements, forms, sounds and my experience within it as an avid swimmer. With a simplistically minimal approach, I will document the vast waterscape of Lake Superior and bodies of water in over 30 states through photographs, drawings and written observations. With these captured moments I will utilize a variety of natural, man-made and hand-made elements to assemble individual pieces. Collectively I will create, or build, my own re-imagined ocean in both two and three dimensions.
Influencing this project is my passion for long distance swimming. As someone who has grown up jumping into lakes across the Pacific Northwest, I have continued to swim and compete in open water events across northern California with United States Masters Swimming over the past eight years.
During my time on Rabbit Island I will continue to train for an upcoming 10k swim in Vermont in mid-August. The silence and emptiness of being on an island is similar to my approach in the studio, and will allow me to prepare mentally for my longest swim & physical challenge to date. This calm relentlessness is important to distance swimmers as it allows for an unemotional approach to a race, which in the end conserves both mental & physical energy.
Rabbit Island is a 90-acre island, three miles off the coast of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the worlds largest freshwater lake. I am absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to be in a
location that allows for the experience of water both artistically & athletically, as for me they go hand-in-hand. Your support will help with travel costs during the two months that I will be dedicating to this
project, along with art supplies that are easily packed for island living
& waterproof photography gear. As I will be swimming in wide-range of
lakes north to south & coast to coast, there are a few essentials to prepare for temperature and
visibility in the water.
This idea of working on & swimming in lakes is something I have hopes to do internationally: observing the variety in bodies of water, the influence it has on communities, and the impact we have on its natural state.
Kickstarter is all-or-nothing and I truly do appreciate your support in this first stage - the more backers, the more extensive the documentation. Please leave me a message if you have any specific lakes you would like to see included & I will do my best to include them on this summers route!
ALL BACKER REWARDS include the web address to a blog I will be updating leading up to, during and post-summer – featuring photos, videos, text and a variety of supporting documentation.
ALL BACKERS will also have their name on a custom swimsuit + swim cap made in collaboration with a number of local artists & worn in the 10k swim in Vermont. Backers at $250 or more are welcome to submit a custom logo!
LOCAL backers will be invited to
join me for a swim at Bass Lake in Marin County. Stay tuned for details - this may happen before, after, or both!
INTERNATIONAL backers please add an extra $10 for shipping.
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