After much soul searching, listening to others, receiving editing guidance and searching for words to best express my new exhibit, I have finished my updated Artist’s Statement. Thanks to all who shared their opinions and feelings about the various topics this exhibit portrays. Listening to all of your perceptions, helped me to look deep into my history to understand why I feel so compelled to complete this exhibit. I hope my exhibit portrays my perceptions honestly, and allows for others to feel free to express theirs.
I decided to withdraw my application from Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). I do not believe I would have all of the necessary components together for a strong application. My emphasis now is on my collage pieces, completing all oil pastel pieces, (currently 13 are completed), and refining my artist’s statement. I should have new images to post by mid-November.
My grant proposal was denied from Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) for this round. I spoke to the Director of Grants who gave me excellent feedback on my proposal. She pointed out, diplomatically, how I need to share a personal perspective and an account of who I am and why I feel driven to create this exhibit. Also, some of the proposed pieces of my exhibit were viewed as confusing and not easily understood. I have always taken a more objective approach with my art, believing that the art itself would tell my thoughts, feelings and some insight into my history. Why is a written explanation necessary? I came to understand the importance of narrative with my previous exhibit. I now understand the importance for this exhibit. I will complete a new artist statement and post it on my website by November. I plan to re-submit for RACC funding. I hope for their support, however, the process of submitting grant applications helps to build a stronger exhibit even if I’m not awarded funding.
Today I posted a new image for my exhibit. This Land is My Land is my most recent art piece. Refer to I Pledge Allegiance exhibit page.
At this time, I continue work on two new pieces; one addressing health care and the other environmental protections. My collage work for this exhibit will begin in November.