COVID CULTURAL COMMISSIONING FUND 

and SUREL'S PLACE STUDIO RESIDENCY

 

In May 2020 I was chosen to be part of an awards program for the creation of works exploring, documenting, and/or reflecting on personal experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on the Boise Idaho Community.

The CCC Fund raised $69,000 to fund a $1000 award for 69 artists and other creatives. The money was raised through a collaborative partnership between TreeFort Music Fest, The Morrison Center, and the Boise City Department of Arts and History.  It was funded by individual donors, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, ExtraMile Arena, The Rolph Charitable Fund and others. 

Surel's Place generously gave studio residencies to eight artists. I was also awarded a residency that will be completed August 27th through September 5th. 

PANDEMIC IN BLUE

Is it possible to flip and reverse positive and negative? What happens when we do? The pandemic and fight for racial justice have brought a wide range of emotions to the surface for me.  I am experiencing both the positive and the negative effects of our isolation and awakening.

Working with digital and the alternative photography process of cyanotype printing to create my images for the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund. Cyanotypes are a rich blue color and can help convey a wide variety of emotions both positive, and negative. (I also very much love creating work with the light from the sun.)

Cyanotype printing uses contact printing to create images. It is a negative to positive process meaning, when film or objects are placed on the treated surface the dark areas, where the light blocked, turn white while the highlights, that part exposed to light turn blue.

My work for the CCC Fund pairs the cyanotype print with the film used to create a single image that represents the positive and negative of the whole.

WANT TO BE A PART OF THE PANDEMIC IN BLUE?

 

PANDEMIC IN BLUE is also a community project! 

 

If you currently live in the Treasure Valley in Idaho I would love to send you a kit to print your own cyanotype image to

be included in this large scale community work! 

Watch the video below to see if it something you would be interested in creating! 

If you live in the Treasure Valley and want to participate, click the button below!

© 2020 by Jessie Swimeley