Just a quick update to let you know I recently learned I am the recipient of a grant from Puffin Foundation Ltd. This grant has been extended to me so that I can create a painting series I proposed back in December. I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to get the materials I need to create some work I have been wanting to make for a long time.
I was reviewing my application and preliminary concept sketches just now and thought I'd share part of my proposal and some of my sketches with you. Sketches are usually just a jumping off point for me as work tends to change as it is created. However the goals of my application will remain unchanged. I will be working on this project over the coming year and scouting out a place to display the finished pieces.
Wish me luck!
Excerpt from Grant Application Proposal:
My project will be a series of mixed-media paintings dealing with the current socio-political climate. Through the use of dream-like, partially abstracted landscapes and figures I will deal with the theme of social and political injustice and how this injustice may be affected by the incoming presidential administration. I hope to articulate the pain, fear and hope of many Americans in this current moment in history.
2016 has been a difficult year for our country. Many are waking up to a reality they didn’t realize existed while others are reeling in a seemingly devastating regression of progress. As we look to the future we try to have hope and envision a way out. At the same time it is important to deal with the facts and reality of our current situation, speaking truth to power and holding up a mirror to injustice wherever we see it. As a white artist dealing with political and social issues in my work I am becoming more and more convinced that my audience is other white people who are either still living in the ignorant bliss of their bubbles of privilege or are only just starting to break out, imperfectly and awkwardly, as I have done and continue to do. By creating beautiful but haunting paintings that reflect injustice in unusual ways I hope to cause white people to ask questions of themselves that they might not otherwise ask and trigger an awakening in those who see my work. I plan to locate a gallery or exhibition space that is easily accessible to the public to show this work, once it is complete. I will also write about each piece on my blog and post it to my website where it can be viewed by a wider audience. I will find as many other avenues to publicize and advertise the work and exhibit as possible.