Artist Support Grant, 2015
In 2015, I participated in an artist residency with the Yeyo Arts Collective, led by artists Dail Chambers and Erica Popp. I developed a community-based art project proposal which I then received funding for through an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission. In October 2015, I returned to Mulgavhan to work with cotton farmers on a community-based art project. Although I did not have enough time to execute the project the way I had imagined, my Faceless Farmers series was born out of this experience. This portrait series was a teaching tool - how I explained the power of telling a story using art. I spoke with all of the roughly 100 farmers who participated in this project about the symbolism of their faces being hidden by cotton. The story was one that they all related to.