I chose to apply for the RAM Artist Fellowship for several reasons. Firstly, since I am new to area, the Fellowship will be an opportunity for me to make a more formal introduction of my work to the Racine, Kenosha, and surrounding communities.
Second, the scope of the fellowship has allowed me to move a little slower in the studio and reflect more on pieces before they go on public display—a luxury I have not previously enjoyed. This slowness has allowed me to distill my ideas down to only the pieces that are the most relevant to the visual statement I want to make.
Most importantly, I chose to apply for the RAM Artist Fellowship because it is associated with a museum that is deeply engaged with exhibiting and collecting fine contemporary craft. As an educator and scholar of print media, it is a goal to define printmaking as a relevant contemporary practice—one that is rooted in craft and industrial arts, yet has expanded seamlessly into a broader contemporary art realm. I explore the possibilities of prints by combining processes, synthesizing historical context in my practice, and using digital production tools. Part of the goal in making this work is to identify printmaking as part of a twenty first-century language that uses digital media as a basis for communication. RAM seems like the ideal place for this type of dialog to take place.
I feel good about being midway through the fellowship and feel like I am right where I should be. Pieces haven’t been overworked and new ideas keep coming. This allows things to remain fresh and interesting for me. I look forward to the next steps—seeing how the work will fit into the gallery and how it can create new dialogues with the work of the other fellows. I see that as a great aspect of this fellowship—being able to exhibit in tandem with three other local artists.
No major changes. My plans have only grown, as I expected. I have a pretty established way of working that is based on experimentation. One idea leads to the next and if the practice is going well then there are moments when ideas come full circle.