CONGRATULATIONS TO IACA CYCLE #33
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, MARY LAMSON-BURKE!
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, LINDSEY WARREN!
The following are excerpts from Lamson-Burke's proposal:
Making has provided me a way to manifest my thoughts physically. It is within the process of artmaking in both a cognitive and physical way that I feel most myself. My fullest expression of who I am and what I want to say. To create a sense of space between the cycle of narrative within me and my physical existence. I return to themes that remain a constant curiosity in my life: nature, relationships, change, and multiples manifest over and over in new representations. The constant that remains is my desire to make, to express, to have art be my way to live most fully. Like life, the themes are constant but the physical expression of them changes.
I have been a practicing artist and art educator for over 25 years in the West Michigan area. In the last few years, I have made a conscious effort to reclaim myself as a ceramic artist.
It has been an incredible turn of focus, and it has improved my mental health tremendously. I currently am working on several large-scale ceramic installations for exhibition. I am wanting to continue to explore materials and techniques. This grant can help offset the financial burden of the costs incurred in this pursuit.
My current work is small scale ceramic sculptures that are intended to be hung intuitively depending on the location of install. They are based on my need to get my anxious thoughts out of my head and manifest them into something beautiful.
These funds will be used to purchase overglazes, specialty clay, and specialty glazes for future installations.
Two years ago I reclaimed myself as an artist. I have so many ideas and rejuvenated my passion for creating. This grant will provide opportunities for more exploration.