Send me to Finland

Hi, I am Lea Devon. I am an artist, a thinker, and a maker. Help send me to the Arteles creative residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland!
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Lea Devon Sorrentino
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Art
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
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Help Send Me to Arteles

Hi, I am Lea Devon. Some people know me, many people don't, but I am trying to change that. You see, I feel like I have something to share with the world, and that something is art. My practice is an auto-ethnographical investigation of my life in pursuit of understanding contemporary American culture. My practice is about calling attention to the constructs of American success and the emotional investments we place in possessions and entertainment to create individuality.

I am currently a working artist in Minneapolis, MN. Since moving here for graduate school, I have been awarded many amazing opportunities to share my ideas and passion with people, including a few residencies, group and solo shows, and other collaborative experiences. 

In less than 45 days, I will be boarding a plane on my first international artistic endeavor. I am going to have a one month creative experience at the Arteles residency in scenic Hämeenkyrö, Finland. I have no clue how to pronounce that. Arteles brings together creative minds & professionals from all over the world to sharpen their crafts and to collaborate in a unique setting. This will be a welcomed challenge for me and I look forward to learning and growing but I need your help!
I have graciously received a grant from Arteles for a portion of the fees, but because of the immediacy of this opportunity I fall short for a majority of the expenses. Your contribution would ensure that I can afford airfare there and back (you want to make sure I come home right?), materials for my work, and the rest of the residency fee. 
Want to know more about my work? Please check out Leadevon.com to see what I am working on, and what I have previously created. 
What I Need & What You Get

I need your contribution to help me progress my artistic career, and make art that I believe has an impact on people and the world around me. What you get, besides the obvious satisfaction of helping someone aspiring to fulfill their dreams, is the possibility of owning unique artistic works, or artistic experiences that provide in-depth insights into my thought process and artistic practice. 

/// The funding that I am asking for goes directly to the expenses I have/will incur traveling to Arteles. (Plains, Trains, and Automobiles). Most importantly your funding will go to material cost of creating work at Arteles; that I need to share with you and the world.   

/// In exchange for your support I will be creating specific work that addresses previous projects I have created, re-contextualized, so that you can own parts of them. I will also be making individual pieces, performances, and interjections that can be owned or experienced based solely from this opportunity that I will share with you. 

/// If I do not reach my entire goal, the funds will still be applied to everything I have outlined, so no matter what your contributions will go to me creating new work! 

My promise to you is to try my hardest to make your investment in me a worthwhile endeavor. I have attended several residencies, and maintain a consistent national artistic practice. I am dedicated to becoming someone that influences people positively through artistic intervention. The more I can participate in opportunities like Arteles ensures that my goal of trying to understand why culturally we eat too much, spend too much, and cry at reality television is fully understood and communicated. 

Can't Contribute? Then Help Make Some Noise! 

Broke? I get it! But one way you can help is by passing this along to other people who  see the value of artistic pursuits, and may be able to contribute. 
This is a complicated and hard world to understand, but one thing that consistently brings clarity to all of this complexity is Art. My passion is to be amongst the many people contributing to critical conversations that change and progress the way people understand themselves and their surroundings. What I am asking from you is the chance to keep doing that. 
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  • $5USD
    Social Media Shout Out

    While traveling I will find unique and bizarre images that I will post on your preferred social media channel, with a personal "Thank You" and an @ mention.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    Letterpress Thank You card.

    A letter-pressed “thank you” card with an original design and a personalized message sent from FinLand.

    6 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Semaphore Video Message

    I will create a video to you while in Finland using semaphore flags to send you a personalized private message. (plus the thank you card)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    Your photo in Finland

    I will place a 5x7 photograph of you in a frame and leave it in a thrift shop in Finland. (I will make sure to send you a photo, with the date, time, location)

    20 out of 22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Jen does my make-up...

    My boss recently won a very awesome (http://www.magnet360.com/2014/02/11/jennifer-zick-named-mplsbj-40-40/) award. Besides being incredibly supportive of my trip, she has agreed to donate under a condition, she can do my make-up for the reception. I have never worn make-up. If you want to see me dolled up this is the incentive for you! I'll also include a framed photo of the two of us showcasing her craftsmanship on my face.

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD
    McDonald's Postcards

    A limited edition set of souvenir postcards that encapsulate every McDonald’s that I travel to from Minneapolis to Finland and back

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Designed Magnet from Finland

    I am an avid magnet collector, and in that spirit I will design a limited edition magnet while in Finland and send it to you.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Limited Edition Tee-shirt

    You will receive a uniquely designed souvenir tee-shirt representing your experience of helping me.

    4 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Diet Coke Time with Me (Lea)

    Upon my return, in real life or through skype, I will spend a dedicated hour with you, explaining my artistic practice, my experience in Finland, answer any questions you have about the project I create or myself, and express my gratitude for helping me accomplish this goal.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Identity Assessment

    I will create a physical identity assessment based on information that I collect about you through your social profiles that you can examine and share. After I return from Finland you will receive a copy of the file in the mail, including photographs and writings based on my findings.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Extra Value Combo #2

    You'll get a Semaphore Video Message, Letterpress Thank You card, and Your Photo in Finland. You'll receive A letter-pressed “thank you” card with an original design and a personalized message sent from Finland, I will create a video to you while in Finland using semaphore flags to send you a personalized private message, or I will place a 5x7 photograph of you in a frame and leave it in a thrift shop in Finland. (I will make sure to send you a photo, with the date, time, location).

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $99USD
    Diet Coke Time + Framed Photo

    Diet Coke time with me, PLUS I will place a 5x7 photograph of you in a frame and leave it in a thrift shop in Finland. (I will make sure to send you a photo, with the date, time, location)

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Extra Value Combo #3

    Pick Two: Postcards, Tee-shirt, and/or Magnet. A limited edition set of souvenir postcards that encapsulate every McDonald’s that I travel to from Minneapolis to Finland and back, a limited edition magnet, or a uniquely designed souvenir tee-shirt representing your experience of helping me.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $125USD
    Grab Bag

    You will receive a grab bag of random things I find during my travels over the month of April and along with a letter-pressed “thank you” card with an original design and a personalized message sent from Finland.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $150USD
    Extra Value Combo #4

    You'll get Postcards, Tee-shirt, and a Magnet. You'll get a limited edition set of souvenir postcards that encapsulate every McDonald’s that I travel to from Minneapolis to Finland and back, a limited edition magnet, or a uniquely designed souvenir tee-shirt representing your experience of helping me.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $250USD
    Audio Recorded Diary w/ Photos

    You will receive a audio recorded mix-tape and photographs that will detail the work I make while at Arteles. (plus the thank you card, magnet, video, postcards, and t-shirt)

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Mounted Collectable

    I will give you a mountable object from my personal collection of collectables with a certificate of authenticity that includes the story of procurement and obsession to the object PLUS you will receive Extra Value Combos #2 and 4.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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