Ethan & Randi Requisite Wilderness

Welcome to our fundraiser page!
                        (Ethan Ross & Miranda Graham)

As many of you are already aware, Ethan & I are artists. 
However, many of you are not aware that we are really excited to announce that our collaboration on a big new summer project that we will need your help with pursuing. We have recently been awarded a sizeable scholarship to pursue a collabortive artistic opportunity to further our creative investigations in Harrington, Maine with the Golden Apple Artist Residency!!! (A big thanks to Shelley Stevens for her belief & investment in us <3 )We're over the moon thrilled to get such amazing news about moving forward with all of our research, documentation, submissions & planning; but being that we are both still recovering graduate students, we are officially asking for your assistance in helping to make our hopes and ideas a reality. With the support of our friends, family & fellow creatives we hope to fund the remaining portion of our tuition & travel costs.
Photo Courtesy of Barabara Southworth

Here's our Proposal & Statement:

                                   Requisite Wilderness
This work is intended as a beginning; the beginning of a story for something vast.  As two fundamentally different personalities, male to female, photographer to painter, and documentarian to empath; we find ourselves arriving at converging artistic crossroads, both intending to use our unique and differing perspectives to communicate a singular, well-rounded, artistic concept. Requisite Wilderness is a collaborative project in which we are seeking to document our attempts at reconnecting with a natural source point.  Our efforts will blend documentary & narrative based photography styles, contemporary romanticism of the human figure in conjunction with the natural landscape, as well as an interactive/performance based component involving the onsite construction of impermanent/impromptu dwellings. With these many sentiments bundled together, we hope to expound on the contemporary notion of “home”; both natural and idealized, real and dreamt.Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham

Using only our literal human forms, found materials (both natural & modern detritus), some basic hand tools, & a camera; we intend to document the location both before, during, and after our daylong interaction; from the moment of first and immediate physical/emotional contact, to the labored over and fully realized integrated construction.
Completing the project at the Golden Apple Residency adds a layer of complexity at the very base of the project. This layer is in the form of the location itself. The densities of the Maine’s forests are the result of heavy deforestation in the early days of North American colonization. Since that time, the forests have regrown denser than they were when settlers first landed on these shores. Working to reconnect with the natural world in a place that owes its wild beauty to the hands of humans sheds light on how deep our connection with nature truly is.Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham

With our collective photographic archive, built from independent Golden Apple visits from 2013 & 2015, as well as the collaboratively proposed one now up for discussion, we intend to offer these photographic documents, journal entries, and sketches as a large and singularly proposed/viewed gallery event. It’s tremendously important for this work to be offered up to public consciousness to promote awareness for our most valued and fragile resources, making plain that we have been disconnected for too long.

               We need your help to make this a reality,
Every little bit helps... positivity & word of mouth included!!! If 200 of our illustrious pals were to contribute 20$ a piece, we will have reached our goal.
                           Perspective really is everything.
                            -Sincerest thanks guys-
Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham


Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham

Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham

Photo Courtesy of Damian Goidich

Photo Courtesy of Barbata Southworth

Photo Courtesy of Miranda Graham

Photo Courtesy of Ethan Ross

Photo Courtesy of Ethan Ross

If you're still curious about what we do...

Check out Ethan's Website!
Why not check out Randi's Website too while you're at it?!

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
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Organizer

Randi Graham 
Organizer
Grand Rapids, MI
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