WHAT IS CORRESPONDENCES?
Correspondences is an interactive postal art project that I've worked on for over a year. Now, I'm trying to exhibit this project and bring it to life.
Who, or what, inspires us? How do we define inspiration? Correspondences explores these questions by looking at the relationships between artist-writer couples in the 19th and 20th century: Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
Through exploring the letters and diaries of these figures, Correspondences looks at their public and private lives, and the integrated life each couple created together.
Correspondences is a literal and figurative look at how we communicate today, and what inspires us to do so.
HOW DID I CREATE CORRESPONDENCES?
To create this project, I began doing research on the couples I mentioned above in summer 2012. I visited multiple archives in the New York area to learn their stories, and read portions of their letters, diaries, and biographies. In fall 2013, I began reading about the self and other, the public and private, sexuality, Victorianism, and the history of communication. My research culminated with a 50 page paper exploring the couples, and their connections to the broader topics.
In June 2012, I also began creating artwork representing these couples and bringing my research to life. Over the next year, I created 9 portraits, each made from 4 pronto plates. Each portrait was then printed twice. The final portraits are each 3' x 4', double sided, and printed with five different layers.
Exploring these couples and how they inspired each other sparked my curiosity about contemporary inspiration. In fall 2013, I also embarked on a mailing project, sending letters to everyone from my best friend from fourth grade to J.K. Rowling. In these letters, I asked people about inspiration, trying to create a working definition for the present day. I received responses from Billy Collins, Colum McCann, Mark Helprin, Jonah Lehrer, and others. I also collected responses from strangers in New York City.
The final stage of this project is to exhibit it for public viewing, but to do so, I need your support.
WHERE DO YOU CORRESPOND?
I'm trying to bring Correspondences to life. So that you can see it. So that you can experience it. Correspondences is a collaborative work, and it is meant to be touched, felt, created, and seen by the viewer. It's meant to inspire. It's up to you to make that happen. Let's get inspired, together.
WHAT WILL I DO WITH YOUR MONEY?
Your money will be used to support an exhibition of my artwork. I need support for renting the gallery space, installing the exhibition, hanging materials for the artwork, holding an opening for the exhibition, and promoting the exhibition. If extra money, is raised, it will be used for things such as hiring professional installers, purchasing additional wall texts, and creating better handouts for the exhibition.
Rewards range from pieces of the artwork used in the exhibition to new artwork I'll create for you.
One piece of the artwork I'm offering is the customized stamps I used for mailing, which will look something like this:
You can view more of the stamp images here.
For the larger rewards, I'm offering old and new artwork I've created. A monotype might look something like this:
And what about a lithograph? That might look something like this:
Visit correspondencestheproject.com for more information.
(music in video Your Hand In Mine Cover (JordanChin Acoustic Rendition) by jordanachin on sound cloud)
Risks and challenges
Once I raise funding from you by, I'm going to have to pull together the exhibition. I've worked harder than I ever imagined possible this past year, and even when I wanted to give up dozens of times, I kept pushing through. I guarantee that no matter how much work it takes to bring you this exhibition, if you support it, I will do everything possible in my power to make it come to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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