AA2A Artist

Shelly Thomas-Baines

Year:
2018 - 19
Project summary:

My work is fundamentally about COMMUNICATION & COMMUNITY. We have become an impatient society that expects everything NOW (if not sooner!).

Zine-making is about freedom and power! It’s about exclusivity! What is nicer than a little handmade book you can hold in your non-virtual hands? Or the unique feeling of being one of a tiny group of (special) people in possession of a carefully handmade limited-edition publication.

Zine-making can communicate rebellious words and strong ideas and it’s no coincidence that zine culture is often associated with some of the most provocative movements / subjects: LBGT, punk, feminism, suicide, drug addiction. The AA2A program will allow me to work on a project that turns my observational drawings and life experiences into a collection of prints and zines that reflect a more realistic and accurate view of what it means to be a struggling human being in today’s world. Warts and all!

Working in a university environment will allow me to focus my time solely on developing my art practice. Using the facilities at Hope University will enable me to turn my life experiences and areas of interest into works of art. I will achieve this by exploring new and innovative ways of interpreting and communicating with a wider audience.

My work is fundamentally about COMMUNICATION & COMMUNITY. We have become an impatient society that expects everything NOW (if not sooner!).

Zine-making is about freedom and power! It’s about exclusivity! What is nicer than a little handmade book you can hold in your non-virtual hands? Or the unique feeling of being one of a tiny group of (special) people in possession of a carefully handmade limited-edition publication.

Zine-making can communicate rebellious words and strong ideas and it’s no coincidence that zine culture is often associated with some of the most provocative movements / subjects: LBGT, punk, feminism, suicide, drug addiction. The AA2A program will allow me to work on a project that turns my observational drawings and life experiences into a collection of prints and zines that reflect a more realistic and accurate view of what it means to be a struggling human being in today’s world. Warts and all!

Working in a university environment will allow me to focus my time solely on developing my art practice. Using the facilities at Hope University will enable me to turn my life experiences and areas of interest into works of art. I will achieve this by exploring new and innovative ways of interpreting and communicating with a wider audience.

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