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2 months of exploring new material and deepening art practice in preparation for final MFA show.

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!!)

FAQ

  • For the past six years I have mostly been working with acrylic paints. However, I spent three years focused in photography before then and also dabbled in installation.

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  • I am at the point where I am seeing my photography, painting and drawing converge into the desire for movement. My hope is to explore illuminating the 2-D surfaces with light via film--(think Super 8mm).

    I am also diving deeper into process and translation between media by exploring the difference between processes that are chemical and physical (how they are similar and unique) and how they inform and contrast with one another. I began working with this a couple of months ago through some expired polaroid film that later became large-scale digital, yet painterly looking prints.

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  • I am still learning the ropes of the digital world, and there are often times when I have an adverse reaction to the removed-from-human-touch aspect of it. However, I do utilize it in different stages. Many of my photographic curiosities are being worked out through old film means (such as the polaroid), but I also am relying on digital technology to transfer those images into something else. I tend to not work solely in digital, because the hand of the artist at work is something I care about very much. But I am curious about the interplay and feel I must pay attention to digital movements because it is so prevalent in all of our everyday decisions.

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  • I definitely consider and am inspired by other disciplines within my practice, yet formal and conceptual considerations from the art world are also significant in how I choose to work.

    The disciplines which I most consciously seek out inspiration from are psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Much of my work is rooted in memory and process and I care about it both in the sense of how art materials interact with each other, but also in the daily life of how humans and the environment interact on micro and macro levels. I tend to find conversation partners among these fields that speak a language I am able to tap into and dialog with, yet am always stretched by. Our questions seem similar, though they are worked out differently and address different populations.

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  • Well, it is of course a desire of mine to be a working artist. I love being in the studio for the interesting work that happens there and for the interesting conversations and studies I am at necessity to have with other disciplines. There is nothing I love more; and of course to have a conversation with others, I need others looking at my work. Therefore, I would love to be continuously engaged in creating work and showing it.

    However, I also am a firm advocate of the place of the arts within education. It is an intrinsic impulse since the time we are pups, and a crucial tool in development. My hope is to actively participate in keeping creative education at the fingertips of everyone possible--be it grade school or adult. The act of making art, I think, is powerful, life-changing even. It would be an honor to work with students and push as many as I can to pursue art vocations if it is their desire, and help as much as possible.

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  • Yes and no. There are a couple of group shows I can expect to participate in at the graduate school, where I will have a piece or two. However, my focus right now is not on showing work. It is on growing and deepening the work. This is why I am paying obscene amounts of money to be in graduate school in the first place!

    So, no I am not planning on it. I want to put all of my energies into the present studies and final show; but it is possible that some opportunities will arise over the next year that I will feel comfortable participating in, that it would not be a compromise to the work. If so, then I will show.

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  • Language is always in flux; but for the moment, these are some descriptors others have used for my work that I have found a good relationship with:

    - unfamiliar
    - strangely familiar
    - abstract
    - indifferent
    - independent
    - process focused
    - rooted in language, time, memory
    - gestural
    - transcendent (ie: the act of moving through)
    - transparent

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

    You can also email me. mailto:jen.grabarczyk@gmail.com

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  • I would be happy to email it to you if you send a request.

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  • Next fall, likely October or November of 2012.

    At this time next year, I will be working on the actual pieces going into my show, hence the plea for some funding help a bit early. That is why this summer is so precious. It will in large part help me to wrestle through materials and ideas that may or may not stay with me into the next year; but all of the work now will be vital to getting in a good space to work on the show.

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