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2 months of exploring new material and deepening art practice in preparation for final MFA show.
2 months of exploring new material and deepening art practice in preparation for final MFA show.
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THANK YOU everyone!  Just a few hours left and goal is more than reached. 

Now I'm focusing on moving my studio down the hall and then getting back to work for the remainder of the summer.  Much anticipation for what is to come! 

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Other Recent Work: 

http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/220978-jen-grabarczyk

It has been a long and often tumultuous road in moving to the point where I am in an MFA program.  This is an immense privilege that I do not take for granted.  Aside from my own desire and need, the thing which has carried me to this place the most is my belief that making and experiencing art has the potential to be transformative.  And by transformative, I mean that.  Life altering.  Sometimes, life saving. 

This belief in combination with my own need for making art brings me to the additional belief that as a working artist, I have a responsibility to myself, my materials and to those with whom I have the privilege of being in dialog with. 

As I mention in the video, process is immeasurably important to me in my work.  I see it as the natural way that life happens.  It is how we live in relationship with animals and the environment.  By leaning into processes that sometimes feel awkward or uncertain, we open ourselves to the chance that something beautiful might grow, and that it may change us forever.  

This thing--which can happen in a matter of 2 seconds--is what I am continuously in pursuit of within my work.  Even though I pay attention to concepts such as memory and time and formal aesthetics, it always converges in the places I least expect and usually in the places where I at first have an aversion or feel disconnect.  This is what I am paying the most attention to as I plug away at this Master's degree, feeling certain that it will take me to unexpected places within my practice. 

My practice, though, is not just for me.  It is for everyone who knows me, for all of those who may only come to know me through seeing a drawing or photograph, and for those with whom we will never interact.  Without fail, what I learn and experience in the studio becomes an extension of my presence in the world.  It informs me about relationships and community and makes me increasingly more aware of the wounds that bind us in humanity.  

However, this extension does not happen if the process is squashed.  There are many things that continuously attempt to squash the process of deepening one's practice, and not surprisingly, one of the largest things is one's art career.  

This time next year, I will be starting the pieces for my MFA show (which will happen in the fall), and will be wholeheartedly looking forward to what comes next.  

Right now, however, I have an amazing opportunity to solely focus on deepening my practice by spending the entire summer working in my studio.  This is a brilliant and rare opportunity!!  

Rather than frantically trying to convince someone to hire me for pennies this summer, I have this amazing opportunity to spend every day in the studio, allowing the space to be a major research lab of materials and allowing myself to function in it more holistically and with less fragmentation.  

So, in order to take full advantage of this studio time, I need to fund: 

- one month's living expenses, which will allow me to actually be in the studio. 

- supplies, which will allow me to make as much work as possible while in the studio. 

- MFA show. Though it is down the road, any additional funding that I receive through this project will be funneled directly into funding my MFA show (and supplies for it) next year. 

(THANK YOU!!)

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