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By Catherine Slye
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My self-portrait project, Nightlight, is a series of long-exposure photographs created in 40 different homes.

Self-portraiture can be a solo endeavor, with a long history as a reflective practice for the artist through which they question, explore, and deepen their personal relationship with their creative processes. With Nightlight, I wanted to question and explore through the lens of community. My series of images are made upon first waking in the murky blue darkness an hour before dawn at 40 different sleep-overs.

#21 07/20/17 Tucson, Arizona
#21 07/20/17 Tucson, Arizona

 My mobile phone is the sole source of artificial light, the “nightlight.” The resulting self-portrait images contain ghostly double-exposures, transparent shadows, and slept-in beds. I am seen “as-is” - revealing an acceptance of time, place and self. The room is not staged; I am not coiffed nor dressed for the camera. These images are personal, yet the project is public. This paradox, a yin-yang or introvert/extrovert undercurrent entices me.

#26 09/01/17 Tempe, Arizona
#26 09/01/17 Tempe, Arizona

 Searching for and scheduling 40 hosted sleep-overs in 40 different locations, with 40 different families invites/encourages/coaxes me and the host(s) into a deeper reflection and exploration of my art and artistic expression. Through the ordinariness of the sleep-over occasion, together we can then experience the graciousness of shared time, space and human connection.We can build community and experience fellowship.

#9 04/21/17 Phoenix, Arizona
#9 04/21/17 Phoenix, Arizona

 I set the number to 40 for three reasons; 1. to be able to reach my goal within in one year (2017), 2. to ensure I would create a large enough volume of images and 3. To be able to meet and stay with people outside of my immediate friends and family circle.

My goal for the series is to produce a solo show to continue the dialogue within a larger audience. This is where you, a contributor comes in. The funds raised here will be used to produce an exhibition showing: 

  • 12 photographs printed and mounted - 40” x 34” Digital C Prints
  • An interactive diorama; a 1:12 scale replica of one of the rooms
  • My behind-the-scenes materials digitized and accessible on an iPad; additional self-portrait images, a map of locations where I stayed, my project notes, drawings and plans, plus time-lapse videos showing the making of the diorama. 
Furniture I've hand made for the diorama.
Furniture I've hand made for the diorama.

 The photographs, scale model and behind-the-scenes materials offer viewers three distinctive mediums to connect with. Paradoxes await the viewer of the show too because the images are revealing and concealing at the same time focusing on a time of day when who we are is not yet fully put together, packaged, and polished.

Each viewer can step into these images as their experiences of predawn are reflected for them. Their worries, their aspirations, their success, and their failures merge with mine as they experience my photographs.

#10 04/29/17 Phoenix, Arizona
#10 04/29/17 Phoenix, Arizona

 As of September 5, 2017 I have completed 27 of 40 sleep-overs in the following Arizona cities; Bisbee, Coolidge, Gilbert, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson. I have just 13 more sleep-overs to complete to reach my goal of 40. I will be in Forest Lake, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Prescott, Tempe, and Tucson. I am on target to complete my project by October 28, 2017.

I am submitting this project proposal to the Mesa Arts Center by their deadline of December 15, 2017. Showing at the Mesa Arts Center would elevate the reach of this project to perhaps a national audience. Notification of acceptance is April 13, 2018.  I have secured two alternative gallery locations for exhibiting in Phoenix, AZ if my project is not accepted by Mesa Arts Center. This project will be exhibiting in 2018.

Risks and challenges

I am on target to complete my project by October 28, 2017.

I fully expect to complete the project and fulfill all rewards within the first 6 months of 2018, between January - June, 2018. I do not foresee a situation where I would not be able to fulfill my commitments.

Timeline/Plan:

January 2017 My Nightlight series concept is born. Write project summary and begin outreach seeking hosts via social media.

February 12, 2017 First photo shoot in my own home. Schedule first hosts.

March 2017 Sketch diorama plans - a 1:12 scale interactive replica of the first photo shoot

April 2017 Begin building diorama, research materials. Shoot time-lapse photos of building the diorama, create videos.

May 2017 Secure FoundRE Studio Gallery as a 2018 Solo Show location (if Nightlight is not accepted by the Mesa Arts Center).

June 2017 assess schedule, schedule hosts, 24 weeks remaining in the year, determine needs to be able to complete on time.

July 2017 connect with local model and diorama makers, source materials, build prototypes.

August 2017 source diorama materials; acrylic for box, miniature electrical supplies.

August 24, 2017 Outreach - seeking hosts - Attending Beth Ann Swartz’s Breakfast Club event to reach new audience.

September 2017 Complete diorama, testing electrical interactivity, photo-document diorama and complete time-lapse videos of the making of the diorama.

October 2017 Final push - Complete remaining sleep-overs and photo shoots.

November 2017 Finalize proposal for Mesa Arts Center.

December 1, 2017 Goal of 40 overnight stays completed.

December 2-14, 2017 Submit proposal to Mesa Arts Center (12/15 deadline)

ONGOING: Seeking new hosts & scheduling hosts, complete sleep-overs and photo shoots every week.

Seek hosts via social media, discussing project with existing friends and meeting new people at First Friday events, storytelling events, at work and online. Connect with friends of friends, seek hosts among my fellow INFOCUS board members, at Art Intersection, continual outreach effort.

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    One Nightlight Diorama - a 1:12 scale replica of one of the photographs from the series. It will be an identical diorama to the one I am making for the exhibition. With a dimmable nightlight. Entirely handmade by me, box enclosure is arcylic . Plus Rewards #1 + #2

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