ACHF Arts Access
The delicacy of my work requires stable exhibition solutions for safety and visibility of the pieces. I will learn small metals work to achieve this end. I will evaluate this outcome by the level of skill I attain with small metals and the success of the installation process for exhibitions this year and in the future. 2: I will build a web site to promote myself and my work and have an exhibition of the work in Minnesota. I will exhibit the work at the Rochester Art Center and ask for attendance figures to track this. Using Google Analytics, I will track traffic to the site to determine how to improve and expand the site, and measure the success of marketing my work.
I worked with artist Robert Banker to learn how to use a jeweler's drill, cut and sand metal and solder joints. I successfully installed small metal sleeves in the backs of my dolls, which then slid over a rod inserted into the wall for my exhibition Mend and Measure. I exhibited 23 works with these system. The installation was simple and easy. I have since exhibited some of the same work out of state, and others have been successful installing my work with this system. I purchased a drill and have continued to explore the use of this sleeve system in other works. 2: I exhibited this work at the Rochester Art Center as the only solo exhibition of their annual RAC2 series. The exhibition was up for five weeks. The Rochester Art Center staff graciously provided their audience's feedback which was positive. In May I completed a website for my current work, as well as archiving past work. I updated the website with installation images from Mend and Measure. I continue to keep the site current with weekly blog updates. Google Analytics shows the traffic at nikimade.com averaged 708 visits with an audience size of approximately 284 in the grant period.