My name is Aisha Harrison and I am an artist educator living in the Pacific Northwest. I am conducting a vigorous fundraising campaign this year to raise money to turn two of my clay figures into bronze.
My goal of $25,000 will cover the cost of the bronze casting for the two figures. Bronze is a more durable material than clay and does well outside. It also can be reproduced so that my work can be in more than one location.
Casting She-Nah-Num Salmon Prayer and Woman with Graves at Her Back into bronze will be the beginning of my shift into the larger sculptural world and public venues.
Woman with Graves at Her Back
This life-sized piece represents an ancestor who survived the journey across the Atlantic. This ancestor witnessed many tragic and heroic things and survived them. Her bravery and will to live is part of why I’m here today. I want to give this ancestor a home that honors her, a place she can rest and behold the sacredness of the Pacific Northwest, where parts of my family have lived for four generations. The cavity below her ribs will grow moss and will need to be tended, like our relationship to land and ancestors of the past, present, and future.
This is the piece in clay. Help me get her cast into bronze! Because of her size and complexity, the casting process will cost about $20,000 for this piece. Together we can do it!
She-Nah-Num Salmon Prayer
This piece represents a prayer for She-nah-num (Medicine Creek/McAllister Creek), the salmon, and the many species (137) that are dependent on salmon. Each of the plants and animals on the prayer line (which is in the shape of part of She-nah-num) is dependent on the salmon. We humans, and in particular the original inhabitants of this land also depend on the salmon for survival. The Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854 was signed along the banks of She-nah-num. I’ve been thinking a lot about this land that I live on, that it was stolen, and also that I love it deeply and feel it is the only place I will ever call home. As a multi-racial person I work to hold complexity and difference in my body and in my work. I strive to be a future ancestor.
This is the piece still made out of clay and wax. Help me get it cast into bronze! The cost for the casting for this piece is around $5,000. Together we can do it!
She-Nah-Num, at Steilacoom Bridge
Can You Help Me With My $25,000 Goal?
Campaign Dates: January 15th-September 15
I will be offering the following gifts to patrons!
$150 Hand Carved Clay Face Pin
$500 Modified Linocut Print with Hand Drawn Elements
$1500+ Original Small Clay Bust or Your Name as a major donor on a plaque located near one of the installed sculptures
Please make sure to include a good email or physical address where I can contact you to set up the delivery of your gift!
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