Georgia Fee 2016 Resident Announced
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Resident
We are very pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Diane Wedgeworth as our 2016 Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed.
The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency remains in open enrollment. To apply for next year's residency, just go to your ArtSlant Profile and click apply to residency.
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, a native Angeleno, earned both her MFA and BA degrees in Studio Art from California State University, Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions at the Nan Rae Gallery (Burbank), 18th Street Arts Complex (Santa Monica) and in Los Angeles at Autonomie Projects, Papillion Art, the Luckman Fine Art Gallery, L.A. Freewaves, and most recently in Hard Edged: Geometric Abstraction and Beyond at the California African American Museum.
She is a 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant nominee. Wedgeworth is the founder of Project Space 2920, an artist-run exhibition space in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. PS 2920 is committed to exhibiting emerging artist and experimental works.
Hair Text No. 1, 2015. Synthetic Hair on Canvas, 48" x 60"
Wedgeworth’s studio practice is rooted in storytelling. Her work is informed by both private and public, personal and collective memories. She makes paintings that become abstract metaphors for human experiences and employs video as meditations on memory, identity, and relationships.
Been Such A Long Time, 2015. Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 72"x72"
Wedgeworth's proposed project, The Necessity of French Cafes, acknowledges and celebrates the lives and creative contributions of African-American expatriates in Paris who fled racism in the United States from 1900–1970s. She is interested in how the personal and historical narratives of African-American soldiers, poets, writers, and jazz musicians along with the romanticized myths of Paris have informed post-civil rights African-Americans to live as expatriates in Paris today. Wedgeworth interprets the French cafe as a metaphor for the luxury, leisure, privilege, and freedom unavailable to the 1900–1970 era African-American in their own country. She is curious and interested in how these early personal narratives confirm or contradict the realities of black Americans living in Paris.
During her stay in Paris, Wedgeworth will collect and transcribe narratives from African-American expats and create an archive of images that will include photographs of expats and project artifacts (expat belongings, found objects, food, along with items from her daily excursions and experiences) as well as drawings. The archive becomes a resource for a future publication documenting the residency.
Additionally, she will lead a series of storytelling/writing workshops for expats and the public which will culminate in a final public reading and exhibition of new paintings and video created as a personal response to her time in Paris.
Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency was established in memory of ArtSlant's Founder who passed away December 8th, 2012. Georgia was dedicated to supporting and investing in young artists and writers, and she had a deep connection with the city of Paris. This project-driven residency, which offers artists and writers the opportunity to create work in Paris, has been created in Georgia's memory.
The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience.
The Residency is open to visual artists of all mediums, art writers, and critics, 24 years or older. Recent graduates are especially encouraged to apply. The selection will be made based on the merit of past work and the potential for future success, the ability to independently develop new work, and the proposed project's relevance to the city of Paris.
The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is a strategic partner of Residency Unlimited
Residency Unlimited (RU) is a not for profit art organization that fosters highly customized residencies through strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU supports local and international artists and curators at all levels of their career, and is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and to building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community.