With the gracious support from many of you through Kickstarter and other outside sources I was able to fund Part I of this series 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth produced at Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, Oregon. Now I am rounding the corner to begin the production of the 2nd part of this three series project.
WHERE WILL IT ALL HAPPEN?
I am grateful to have the chance to participate in Elsewhere's Living Museum Artist in Residence Program from July 02-30, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. There I will create the video relics, installation, and shoot the production for my 3 SISTERS: SustanABLE video. Elsewhere's Living Museum invites artist to use the copious amount of found and recycled materials within their three storied building. In addition to my video I will propose to make a permanent installation that incorporates things from their collection.
WHAT WILL PART II BE ABOUT?
Part II of my 3 SISTERS Series will reference the North American and Mesoamerica story of the Three Sisters: Corn, Squash, and Beans. The stories revolving around these mythological deities describe how they support one another and help the humans that they feed from their harvest. The agricultural system of the plants complementing and helping the other grow is enhanced in a technique known as companion planting. I have done an extensive amount of research on the different existing stories and studied the different companion planting formations. In a combination of these references and my own personal interpretations I will create an abstract narrative. The larger issues I would also like to address is the use of GMO Crops by corporations throughout the US and its affects on the environment and local organic farms.
I am very excited abut the potential farms that have shown interest in being involved in this project, with the help from Laura Stewart the Education Director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association who put me in connection with farms associated with their program. Hopefully as the project date nears I will hear from more interested parties. The following are the ones I have heard from so far:
Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute
and the new Honeysuckle Tea House
WHAT WILL THE FUNDING BE USED FOR?
This being an all or nothing approach to collaborative funding, I hope to cover minimum costs this opportunity requires. I hope you'll consider contributing! Every contribution is greatly appreciated, including words of encouragement.
The $1,500 + or more funding I aim to raise will go to the following:
+ Residency fees: $500
+ Travel (round trip drive): $250
+ Materials: $250
+ Casting materials: $200-350
+ Professional performer fees
**(Possible if extra funds are raised)
I have approached Cirque de Vol Studio’s and request their participation in this project. With much excitement and support they have agreed to offer their services at a discounted rate and/or trade for services. If I am able to raise funds over the projected amount I will be able to hire this talented Creative Movement & Circus Arts group; their skills could add physically dynamic movement to the work.
The cost of materials equals about $350 for the following: 20 lbs. of corn husk; 100 American Indian corn cobs; six dried guards; 15 lbs. of dried beans.
I will be implementing the same cardboard spines from Part I but will create a cast of the forms to make them out of cornmeal and husk. The cost of casting rubber and resin to cast the forms out of will cost about $220-350.
With all that said, the set goal will not cover all of my projects financial needs but every contributed amount will go towards the project. I need to raise 100% of the pledged amount or I will receive none of the funds.
I would like to set my projected goal at $2,000.
WHAT WILL THE REWARDS BE?
As gratitude for all of your support I will make the following items available as 'THANK YOU' rewards.
Here are a couple images and examples of the reward book from
Part I; 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth:
7 x 7 in. (18x18 cm)
Matte color print
[ Book Link ]
+ Postcards of a selected video still form the new video 3 SISTERS: SustainABLE.
+ I will go on a scavenger hunt to find secrete hidden treasures in the Elsewhere Living Museum and send a documented image of them. A personal 'THANK YOU!' video will be made complied of these images and reference to contributors.
++ With a little more support form you I will ANIMATE that object, yes it will sing & dance personally thanking you.
+ There will be a couple small sculptural pieces that will be made out of the materials used in the piece: corn husk, cobs, and beans. The first sculptural reward is wearable and upon request all of them can be made to be worn, just message me in comments.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this Kickstarter page! I really appreciate your support in making this opportunity possible!
Risks and challenges
 Time-frame (4 weeks)
 Familiarity w/ Location
 Finding & Scheduling Talent
 Finalizing Project
HOW I WILL FACE THESE CHALLENGES:
To give you confidence that I am able to successfully work within this time-frame, I have been involved with three Artist Residencies prior to Elsewhere all of which I made and completed work. I am good at making production schedules and sticking to them, being flexible to change things when needed to meet deadlines.
In addition, Part I of this series was completed in the same amount of time: creation, production, and presentation during Open Studios at Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, Oregon. A documentation of those residencies and creation of the pieces can be found here:
[ Blog: ] http://laniasuncionblog.com/category/artist-residency/page/2/
[2 & 3]
I have not worked at this location in the past which means I will have to solidify talent commitments and collaborators once I arrive in July. The good thing is I have been in contact with the Artist in Residence Director at Elsewhere who is helping me prepare. I have begun researching and contacting performing groups like Cirque De Vol Studios to be in the the work; and am currently researching to find vocal performers to do the audio for the piece.
Scouting plays a major roll in my work and being able to spend a significant amount of time within a location enables me to better work in the space. Once I arrive I will begin scouting for areas to shoot as well as begin to become familiar with the Elsewhere Living Museum and local farms I will be shooting at and collaborating with.
One set back is if I do not raise enough funding I not be able to hire professionals and will have to find volunteers to perform in the video.
In addition to Kickstarter I am applying for artist supporting grants that I hope will help me reach my funding goal.
Some aspects of the work like the video's audio and Part II book production could take longer then the projected October 2014 deadline; if any delays in production arise I will send out a update right away.
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