CONGRATULATIONS TO IACA CYCLE #31
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, KAY REESE!
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The following are excerpts from Reese's grant proposal:
My artistic practice is in processing contemporary and historically driven cultural, social, racial, and gender based relationships and constructs. Using historical and contemporary slave narratives in the context of Dadaist and surrealist formats, my assemblages and photo-based collages become de-constructive strategies to explore the dichotomies between collective truth, reality, desire, and freedom.
The assemblages and collaged structures underscore our fragmented world; and the forces undermining our human relationships; where our values are subverted, and our humanity diminished. In breaking down found objects loaded with our social and cultural DNA, I am questioning our value constructs, lies, rifts, and the subversions that produced them. In reassembling and recombining often disparate elements I advance the idea that we can reconstruct these "norms" and disconnects to create new human relationships.
I am a senior citizen practicing for over 30 years. In the past two years, I have been focusing on abstractive imagery collaged with photographic elements to form a visual narrative because I am a storyteller.
The grant funds will be used to complete the work submitted here for an upcoming exhibition in Newark NJ. The exhibition is about the first African, and the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for the Environment.