3 SISTERS Part II Kickstarter

THIS PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!!!

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I am excited to share the news of a new project and artist residency!

I’ve created a  KICKSTARTER Project which will help support the new work,  3 SISTERS: SustainABLE, that will be in production at Elsewhere Living Museum in July. The funds from KICKSTARTER will go to making a new video & installation at Elsewhere as well as bringing a spot light on local organic farms in North Carolina.

ABOUT PROJECT
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 companies throughout the US and its effects on the environment. I am currently working on getting in contact with local organic farmers to obtain access to shoot on their fields, and bring focus and exposure to their farms.

 

FUNDING GOAL

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)

 

REWARDS

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:28 pg.
7 x 7 in. (18×18 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 for taking the time to look at this project and your consideration of becoming a backer!

 

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Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak & New Haven Green Exhibit

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Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green 

Opening at the New Haven Museum on April 30th @ 5:00-8:00 PM [Map Here]

The exhibit will be on view during April 30 – November 02, 2014  [Facebook Post]

Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green is a pairing of contemporary art and archaeological analysis featuring new works by:

Lani Asuncion
Susan Clinard
Erich Davis
Michael Quirk
Jeff Slomba
Rachael Vaters-Carr
Alison K. Walsh

In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the Lincoln Oak, revealing a partial human skeleton among the tree’s exposed roots, along with two buried time capsules, creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country.

For the artistic portion of this exhibit, the artists used branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discoveries found beneath it.

The exhibit also features the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of the bones and materials found beneath the tree. This includes displays of the time capsule contents, and the inquiries into the possible identities of the skeletal remains.

For more information please contact info(at)newhavenmuseum.org or Jason Bischoff-Wurstle at 203-562-4183 x 18

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I will be showing a new work created for this exhibit entitled Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands which is a multi-media piece that incorporates a one-channel video Reverence and sculptural elements.

Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands is a memorial tribute to the bones found coiled within the uprooted Lincoln Tree, and all the hundreds of other bodies buried under the Green. In the video Reverence, performers Kate Gonzales and Julie Riccio animate the branches of the tree with a ritual like dance. The cement sculptural base refers to the time capsules found under the tree with a portion of one that was casted into the bone remains of a child and his/her marble, and the ash is derived from the branches of the tree. The large bowl within the cement base is for collecting pennies left by visitors, to show respect and remembrance.

DEVILS HOPYARD SERIES

My residency at I-Park Foundation was a very fast paced and busy one but I feel despite the loss of 1 1/2 weeks me and my peer group was able to make a good amount of work. Once I was informed about being selected for the May residency I began to do research on the Haddam, CT area trying to see what kind of stories I could find. Much like the dilemma with the 3 Sisters project of not being able to find a substantial original story I contacted the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and was lead to the book Legendary Connecticut: Traditional Tales from the Nutmeg State by David Philips (July 1, 1995), and found the story of Moodus Noises Devil’s Hopyard about the Devil’s Hopyard Park near the residency. The story I referenced my work on was the story of Dr. Steele, and how he loosened a huge carbuncle form the mouth of Cave Hill. 

Loud were the Moodus noises that night. The mountain shook and groans and hisses were heard in the air as he pried up the stone that lay across the pit-mouth. When he had lifted it off a light poured from it and streamed into the heaven like a crimson comet or a spear of the northern aurora. It was the flash of the great carbuncle, and the stars seen through it were as if dyed in blood. In the morning Steele was gone. He had taken ship for England. The gem carried with it an evil fate, for the galley sank in mid-ocean; but, though buried beneath a thousand fathoms of water, the red ray of the carbuncle sometimes shoots up from the sea, and the glow of it strikes fear into the hearts of passing sailors. Long after, when the booming was heard, the Indians said that the hill was giving birth to another beautiful stone. (190-95)

I also created a hood made out of 700 ft. of white nylon rope that was influenced by Haddam, CT being one of the main producers of fishing nets & mother of pearl button in New England during the early 1900’s. These stories, legends, and histories helped feed my work ask I began exploring the tucked away treasure of I-Park lush and extensive grounds and the Devil’s Hopyard & Machimoodus State Parks. WATCH VIDEO HERE

PRE-VIDEO SHOOT: BLESSING