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Dear Family, friends, Friends, and all you wonderful people who have found this page,
My name is Jesi Yager. I am an artist based in Bellows Falls, VT and I am looking for your support for my first solo exhibition.
Since graduating with my BFA in 2010 I have been working full time in the production room at a high-end chocolate company. It is work that requires a good eye for detail and a steady hand, and an environment in which I am surround by other creative people. However, within a year I realized that it fell far short from meeting my need for art, creativity, and personal expression. I wanted desperately to find a way to re-enter the world of art, but without being a student I had no idea what that could look like. I did not have a cohesive body of work that I could bring around to show galleries in the area. For a while I floundered about, trying to find local art based jobs but kept coming up empty. Eventually I realized that I just needed to get back into the studio.
In February 2012, I started getting up at 5am to paint for a few hours before work. I discovered that, even though I am not typically a morning person, these morning hours in the studio could launch me out of bed after only a few hours of sleep. While these wee-hour sessions have been productive, and I have completed six pieces, it is not enough. I have a backlog of ideas that I simply cannot address in 10-15 hours per week of sleep-deprived studio time. Financially I cannot afford to not work; and artistically, spiritually, and personally I cannot afford to limit my studio time with the need for forty hours per week of outside employment.
That’s where you come in.
Successfully funding my Kickstarter project will allow me to dedicate myself to producing art fulltime. This time will make it possible for me to complete a minimum of an additional 15-20 pieces including a large installation to add to the six pieces I have finished over the past fifteen months of early mornings.
The budget of $15,000 will cover the following expenses:
- five months of fulltime studio work
- mold-making and casting supplies, wood, and hardware for sculptural elements; mechanical parts for kinetic elements; canvases, paints, and painting supplies
- securing exhibition space
- cover production costs from framing, to publicity and all things that go into a successful show
- creating a full color printed catalog for the exhibition
- Kickstarter fees
So, what exactly is it that I’m working on?
My work plays in the space where painting and sculpture meet--from framed traditional paintings and free standing sculptures to kinetic paintings. These are interactive, wall mounted paintings that have three-dimensional elements with moving parts.
In my most recent work I have created a series of paintings about Colony Collapse Disorder, the recent rapid disappearance of the honeybee. In my research about the bees, I have discovered a profound history of honeybee myths, folklore, medicine, and magic in cultures from around the world dating back to the earliest known cave paintings. I am excited to further develop the bee series by including this element in a series of kinetic paintings.
Creating the sculptural and mechanical elements that animate these pieces has been complicated by my limited time, restricted use of loud power tools during the wee hours I do have to devote to it, and the cost of specialty gears and mechanical parts. During the five months leave of absence from work, I will be able to use whatever tools I need in order to make daily progress on the kinetic paintings.With your help, I will be able to afford the mechanical components
Join the Hive: a participatory project
For this exhibition I will be creating a large installation on Colony Collapse Disorder formed of many individual square canvases ranging in size from 2"x 2" to 12"x12". The exact make-up of the project will be determined by you, my backers, by the levels at which you pledge. I have assigned a different size canvas to each pledge level from $10-$225. The squares will be assembled in a sculptural version of a photo-collage. At the culmination of the show, I will send the small individual canvases to all of the people who backed the project. The disassembly and dissemination of the piece becomes as much a part of the work as its creation, as it symbolized the cataclysmic event of collapse of the hive that happens with CCD--in which all the bees fly off and fail to come back to their hive. The more people we can get involved in this project, the greater the visual impact will be!
As a part of the experience of developing this work, I will keep a journal exploring the ideas behind each piece. I will produce a bound, full color, high-resolution catalog of the show that includes some of this writing, process sketches, and of course the works themselves.
This will be the largest project I have ever taken on, but am ready for it. The work that I did for my senior show taught me a lot about planning, budgeting, asking for help, and exploring a theme in depth.
How you can help:
Scroll up the page and on the right side you’ll see a button that says “BACK THIS PROJECT.” Click it, and follow the instructions.
If you can’t afford to give financially, please help spread the word to friends and family, or anyone else you think who may be able to help via Facebook, twitter, email, or word of mouth.
If I don’t reach my goal of at least $15,000 then I don’t get any funding. I can always raise more than the goal, but never less.
I am looking forward to bringing this show to life and seeing all of you at the opening!!
My deepest thanks for your consideration and support,
Video MUSIC CREDIT: Zee Avi "Honeybee" Live on WFMU with Irene Trudel 6/1/2009 From the Free Music Archive (FreeMusicArchive.org)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that I face is that I am proposing to launch a gallery show on a particular timeline without having yet secured a venue. This is because this project has to be successfully funded in order for this timeline to be possible--if my Kickstarter fails, I won't be able to take the summer to make art full-time. Without that, the show will take me much longer to produce. As soon as my project is funded I will begin reaching out to galleries in the area to try to get onto a schedule for the fall. If I am unable to secure a slot at an established gallery by mid-June, I will set aside a portion of my Kickstarter budget to rent a space for a short-term show.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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