Deborah Kennedy has exhibited in California and Europe in numerous solo and group shows. She is currently exhibiting in two shows including the Triton Museum’s 2009 Statewide Drawing and Print Competition and Exhibition. Recently, she received an award in the Indoor Sculpture Exhibition at the Santa Clara City Hall. In 2007, she exhibited in completed her fourth public artwork, Solar Sight, for Sunnyside Park in San Francisco. Kennedy presented an installation, The March of Eco-folly, at the
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
Receiving the Artist Fellowship felt like a powerful vote of confidence. As a conceptual artist I often crave thoughtful feedback and responses from the larger world. The Fellowship supported and reinforced my artistic direction?creating conceptually-based installations and artwork focusing on social and environmental issues. Shortly after receiving the award, I had my first solo show at the de Saisset Museum, and the financial award helped me afford more expensive materials and technical support. This made the exhibit stronger and, I believe, a more powerful environmental statement. Thank you!
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
For a number of years, I have been working on a book of eco-poetry accompanied by detailed pen and ink illustrations and short essays. The poems focus on our environmental challenges and invite people to create a deeper relationship to the larger natural world. Recently, the Bay Area Poet?s Coalition gave me two awards for my poems; again, an exciting vote of confidence in my new area of endeavor. I presented a well-received reading of my poetry to The Willow Glen Poetry Project while projecting my illustrations. In addition, at the new San Jose City College Gallery, I created an installation using enlargements of my pen and ink illustrations and poems. I plan to create more work that explores the relationship between my two areas of endeavor?art and writing. I am almost finished with my manuscript and am seeking a publisher. To see my work, go to the albums on my website: http://www.deborahkennedyart.com/
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Make art that matters to yourself and others and hire a good secretarial assistant if this is not your skill set.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Diverse, vital, questioning, yet sadly underfunded here in the States
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