Uncategorized | August 25, 2011
|WAC 2009 visual arts fellowship judges and recipients at the Visual Arts Symposium in Laramie. From left: Colorado sculptor Lawrence Argent (judge); New York mixed-media artist Gina Ruggeri (judge); Greg Esser (judge), director of the Roosevelt Row artists’ district in Phoenix; Dave Henderson (fellowship winner), Worland; Florence McEwin (fellowship winner), Green River; Bart Fetz (honorable mention), Green River. Not pictured: Fellowship winners Leah Hardy, Laramie, and Jill Hartley, honorable mention, Rock Springs.|
|Portrait of Audrey and Holden Truman (“Young Ambitions”), oil and enamel on panel, 20″x16″, Dave Henderson|
“American Poor Traits” will be an art monograph — a coffee table book — that will detail fifty Americans struggling with poverty. Through classical portraiture and a true objective journalistic approach, I hope to capture the essence of each of my subjects and tell their unique story, share their own “American Dream” with the rest of the country.
My plan is to spend one year beginning this January, 2012, traveling the country in my silver little ’91 Subaru Loyale and spend one week with one person or family in one community in each state, interviewing and documenting each’s experience – their ambitions & obstacles, and then spend the following year of 2013 creating 24″x24″ portraits (oil on panel) to compliment each individual’s story.
I plan to work in whatever capacity I can as I travel from state to state, answering part-time or temporary help wanted ads to pay for food, and will sleep in my car as much as I can during the cold months and camp outside during the warm ones. I need help with the cost of the travel itself, gas and oil changes and windshield washer fluid and tire rotations.
When I start the painting part of the project, I will need to pay for supplies; paints, wood for panels, and studio space.
I will also be creating a website for the project and will be documenting the entire process from start to finish — from the minute I hit the road to the minute I finish the last portrait in the series.