I need 500 lbs. of sugar!
For nearly a year and a half I have been experimenting with making sculpture out of sugar and candy during a long term residency at the Vermont Studio Center. These experiments will culminate on May 2, when I leave for a 5 week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). During those 5 weeks, I will build a new body of work in the tradition of Rebecca Horn's body extensions, combining rock candy and hard candy in wearable body modification forms that reference organic growths. Walking a fine line between the beautiful and the grotesque, the seductive sugar and candy will simultaneously be repulsive, much like Marilyn Minter's paintings.
So why do I need the money? Growing sugar crystals takes an incredible amount of sugar. The pieces are grown in a super saturated sugar solution in 10, 25 and 50 gallon aquariums—filling a 10 gallon tank requires nearly 75 lbs of sugar! And while sugar may be relatively cheap, thats a lot of sugar! Over the last year, I have used close to 400 lbs. of sugar to run small experiments and will need just as much or more to build this new body of work. During the residency, I am planning to use an average of 100 lbs. per week. Your typical 5 lb. bag of sugar costs about $5 including shipping, so think of it as lending a bag of sugar to your neighbor or bringing one to a housewarming party. Your donations are lbs. of sugar delivered to my doorstep.
Anything raised beyond the goal will go towards all the other materials required to complete the work like wool, fabric dye, rubber for mold making, etc., and the transportation of the finished pieces. During the residency, I will write regular blog entries documenting the process of creating the pieces and film a time-lapse video of the crystals growing on one of the pieces in the tank.
Please view my website and blog to see more samples of the rock candy and hard candy work that I have been developing over the last year. During the duration of the pledge drive, I will be creating prototypes in fabric and adding them to the blog and in the updates section of Kickstarter.
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