Flowers for New Mexico

The Project:

The goal of this project is to raise awareness for the increase of domestic abuse due to the Pandemic and to raise funds for S.A.F.E. House, a nonprofit that supports victims of domestic abuse. This will be accomplished through the creation, exhibition, and selling of conceptually-related artworks.

Our homes should be our havens. Imagine, for a moment, if your home had become a place of violence; if the partner or family member who was your support also became a source of fear and pain – for you, and maybe even for your children. Now imagine this happening at a time when we are being told to stay home.

There is a pandemic within the pandemic, and it is called domestic violence.

The project I am seeking to fund, 'Flowers for New Mexico', will raise awareness for this issue. I, along with several artist collaborators, will be creating a series of glass floral sculptures and drawings that speak about this topic and which are conceptually representative of New Mexico. These works will then be shown in a physical and virtual exhibition, as well as promoted on social media platforms, where they will be sold. 75% of the proceeds will be donated to S.A.F.E. House, a non-profit based in Albuquerque, NM.

This project is very meaningful to me, and I want to be able to complete it. Accepting that I would need to reach out for help for funding was not an easy reality to accept, but it did force me to question why that was. It is difficult and painful for victims of domestic abuse to reach out for help and seek a significant change in their lives. If I am not willing to do the same, what narrative am I perpetuating?

I am asking for your help. 



S.A.F.E. House focuses on survivors of intimate partner violence. They currently house men, women, children, and members of the LGBTQ communities with an emphasis on crisis intervention. Last year, they sheltered 757 unduplicated individuals, 394 (52%) being children aged 17 or younger.

As social distancing is imperative to slow the spread of the virus, victims of domestic abuse are now far less likely to seek shelter outside of their homes. In many states, the number of calls asking for help has decreased by over 50%. It is also true that mandates to stay home when possible have caused domestic violence occurrences to increase, particularly among women of color, immigrants, and workers without a college education.

One of the services S.A.F.E. House now offers are extended hotel stays outside of their main facilities. It is a critical yet expensive service, and so S.A.F.E. House has initiated a capital campaign to raise funds to better serve victims of domestic abuse and recover losses from funds already spent. 'Flowers for New Mexico' aims to support this organization and their mission by raising awareness and funding through art.

Survivors of domestic abuse are resilient; it takes an unprecedented amount of resiliency to walk away from that toxic environment. S.A.F.E. House not only recognizes that resiliency but supports and nurtures its growth, helping victims become survivors.

I will create a series of large-scale drawings and glass Yucca flowers to be made in my studio – the equipment for which is what I shall be using the funds to purchase. The Yucca, New Mexico's state flower, is a symbol of resiliency and beauty, and so I will create a series of artworks focused on this flower. According to the National Domestic Hotline, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States - and this was before the Pandemic. To draw attention to this staggering statistic, there will be 24 works total. They will be sold through social media platforms and other partners, and 75% of the proceeds will be donated to S.A.F.E. House.

(an example of a  glass flower sculpture I've made representative o the style that will be used for this project - 'Funeral Flowers (Flowers for Dad)', flameworked glass)

Conceptually, for the sculptural works, it is important that these works are made of glass. It is often thought that glass is solely a delicate thing, and while it can be, it also one of the most archival. If treated properly, glass can last forever. It is also transparent, a quality that reflects the invisibility that is often associated with victims of domestic abuse. Many instances of violence within the home go unseen and unheard.

The drawings will be large-scale, figurative works. These will range in size and will be a more literal representation of the effects of domestic abuse.

Because my team and I will be selling artworks, I am confident that the funds we raise will exceed the $5,000 raised here. With a minimum of $500 from the sale of each work being donated, we will raise at least $12,000 for S.A.F.E. house. 

(an example of a drawing in a similar style to what will be in this body of work - 'Every Mark You Ever Made', charcoal and gold leaf)

Besides the increased monetary donations to ultimately be made, creating a series of artworks will have other compounding benefits. I will be sharing the process of how these works are made on my social media platforms, always including some of the lesser-known information about domestic abuse, especially as it pertains to the Pandemic. Art has the power to inspire and educate.

I see this project expanding, blossoming in other states, in other studios, across the country. I see it connecting artists, nonprofits, victims, allies, and survivors. 

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You can see images of my previous glasswork and drawings on my website.

 Learn more about S.A.F.E House here!

What the Funds donated here will be used for:

All funds raised in this campaign will go towards studio equipment, tools, gallery costs, and paying assistants who will help create and document the work. Because glass typically requires expensive equipment, it is common for artists who work with the material to rent from a public access studio. With Covid-19 limiting such access, I am working towards creating a sustainable studio practice.

Thank you gifts you can receive!

ANY and ALL donations made to this campaign are greatly appreciated, no matter how small! However, if you donate:

-          $10 or more, we will send you a personalized thank you note and a Golden Yucca Flower postcard with this design:



-          $75 or more, I will make you a glass flower of your own. :)

 

-          $250 or more, you will receive both of the above gifts as well as the ability to purchase one of the final works at a 10% discount (to be taken from the production/artists’ fee; this will not affect the amount that SAFE House receives). If you donate this amount, I will reserve one of the final works of your choice to be sold to you. You will also be listed by name (or however you prefer) as a Benefactor wherever the works are shown, both virtually and physically.  


THANK YOU!!!
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Donations 

  • Patrick O'Brien
    • $20 
    • 2 yrs
  • Daniela Murphy
    • $15 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $250 
    • 3 yrs
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Jamie Marie Rose
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Albuquerque, NM

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