Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 1:54pm
On November 30, the Community Foundation hosted its fourth annual Foundation of Art Award reception, designed to celebrate art and artists in Pierce County. This unique event featured the prestigious 2011 Foundation of Art Award nominees, work from each of our previous Foundation of Art Award winners, and the unveiling of the commissioned piece created by this year's winning artist, Jessica Spring. Hosted on the ground floor of our office building in downtown Tacoma, the event drew a diverse group of over 120 guests. The highlight of the reception was the debut of Jessica Springs art piece, Ingrained, which was created for this award.
Ingrained incorporates an original cedar shingle sales kit with handmade letterpressed paper. The text, which was written by Jessica, includes word play, starting with the old saying "You can't see the forest through the trees."
When presenting the piece, Jessica shared that the idea behind it came to her while traveling with her family in Yakima. Having never been that far east in the state, Jessica was shocked by the lack of trees. For her, it highlighted the important role that trees play in the history of Tacoma, and in nuturing her as an artist.
After finding the old cedar shingle sales kit found on antique row, Jessica made the paper from the bark of several large Western cedar logs. After writing the copy, she letterpressed the text onto the homemade paper using handset text.
"The opportunity to interact with the work by turning the panels, reading the text and feeling the handmade paper all enrich the viewer's experience," shared Jessica. "I hope they'll have a 'wow' moment, a chance to appreciate what we have here."
Thanks to a partnership with Spaceworks, and sponsorship from Safeco Insurance, the Foundation of Art Award exhibit will be on display through January, 2012, on the corner of 11th and Pacific in downtown Tacoma. Stop by to see "Ingrained" and the other wonderful pieces created by this year's nominated artists!