Hello there! I'm Jordan Thornton, South Dakota based printmaker and mixed media artist. I create unique shadowbox pieces using woodcut prints out of a little room in Exposure Gallery & Studios in Sioux Falls, SD. When not creating, I work for both the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences and the South Dakota Arts Council as an arts educator.
Artist-in-Residence: Vermont Studio Center
After years of applying for artist residencies, I was offered a month-long artist-in-residence position at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT for this upcoming August. Artist residencies provide creators with the time, space, and resources to focus on their work.
While in Vermont, I will be doing nothing but creating work and learning from other artists. As someone that has three jobs, this will be more productive studio time in one month than I have had since working on my BFA at Montana State University. This condensed time frame will allow me the focus on ideas, experiment with new techniques, and, hopefully, take my work to a new level.
The VSC provides housing, food, studio space, and a vibrant creative community. Here in Sioux Falls, I print by hand, whereas the VSC has a well-equipped printmaking studio. This will allow me to use a printing press, and all the fun processes that come with them, to experiment with new techniques and imagery in my prints and shadowboxes. Also, the VSC hosts 50 artists at a time, in addition to bringing in several 'distinguished' visiting artists that offer studio visits and give presentation. This many creative minds in one place will allow me to receive feedback from professionals that I may otherwise never encounter.
While in the studio during the residency, I will be working on a series of mixed media pieces created from relief prints and other elements that are pinned and pasted into shadowboxes. Initially inspired by scientific displays, this series of shadowboxes focuses on plant imagery, primarily the roots. While the visuals portray the physical roots, the concept behind them is about our metaphorical roots - what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.
Schedule and Budget
As much as I am looking forward to this August, there is so much to be done to prepare and taking a month off from life for an artist residency isn't cheap. Let's have a look:
- The remainder of the residency fee ($2,500) is due July 1st.
- The residency itself lasts from July 31st to August 26th. I plan to give myself not quite a week to get there and to be back in South Dakota by mid-September. Gas/plane tickets are looking like $500 there and back again.
- I will be sending out the postcard rewards continuously as this journey happens, but the goal is to get the remainder of the rewards out before 2016 comes to an end.
Supporting this campaign allows me put my artwork into your hands. Prints, cards, workshops; I will even treat those postcards like my sketchbook pages, sending my ideas to you through snail mail. Check out some of the rewards below:
Thank you ahead of time. I know I can make this opportunity a reality with the support of my widespread support system. I CANNOT WAIT to share my experience and my artwork with you!
Risks and challenges
-Traveling always comes with surprises, but that is why you plan ahead, have AAA, and buy insurance for your flight and the things you ship. In this case, I will also be traveling with all of my primary printmaking tools and other supplies I'll need for creating. I am still weighing my options as far as whether I fly and ship everything or drive myself and my supplies halfway across the country. So far, neither one is cheaper and both present many opportunities for things to go wrong.
-I sense homesickness in my future. Thank goodness for phones, Facetime, and snail mail.
-Shipping a shadowbox piece would be an adventure, but it is one I am will to take.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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