Alaura Borealis

is creating Season of Shadows

14

patrons

$111

per month
In early 2017, I began researching the aesthetic language of shadows as a way to understand experiences that aren’t easily measured. Season of Shadows turned into a social project in which I interviewed trans and queer peers about gender, working together to conjure metaphors for those parts of ourselves that can feel difficult to explain otherwise. I'm translating recurring themes from these conversations into performances, installations, events, and writing, and digging into inseparable experiences like spirituality, dis/ability, race, and class in order to better understand our relationships with gender. A dozen interview excerpts and photographs from Shadows-affiliated events were installed in the Season of Shadows exhibition at Overture Center for the Arts March - June 2018 and are available in this zine. With the help of generous Patreon supporters, the Season of Shadows project will culminate in a collection of short stories, to be completed by the end of 2020. Patreon patronage helps me stay active in the writing process!


(Photo by Duke Virginia)

Wondering how the rest of my work fits in? While working on major social projects, performances, installations, or video art pieces—in other words, my 4D art practice—I maintain a playful 2D/3D practice. These prints, cards, drawings, plates, and other mixed media works are like my artist diary that I share with the world, and they're the types of goodies I'll send to my patrons while the big research is happening. Visual art helps me make sense of gender, chronic pain, power, and performance in ways that a conversation might not. Poetic cards even help to get short form ideas out into the world while larger Season of Shadows writing projects unfold behind the scenes. In all cases, I start with a question, idea, or feeling and engage any means available to investigate and play within its realm. 



Patreon supporters can expect to:
  • Have questions answered in videos and livestreams which are equal parts serious and extremely strange
  • Read essay reflections on current and past social projects, research, and teaching
  • Find inspiration with my What are they? posts about all my favorite things
  • Receive patrons-only discounts in my Etsy shop ($10+ tiers)
  • Get playful with snail mail art surprises like postcards, prints, poems, zines, and stickers ($10+ club tiers)
  • Get bonus art surprises and personalized notes sent to your door ($20+ club tiers)
  • Get all that and original works sprinkled in with the art surprises *and* a special top-tier-only queer art video monthly! ($50+ club tier)



Thank you
to everyone who has supported this project through material donations, time, money, and other resources. You're supporting me in my dream job and I couldn’t be more grateful!



Tiers
$2 club!
$2 or more per month

Access to Patreon patrons-only posts like:

  • Essay reflections on social projects, research, and teaching
  • Q&A videos and livestreams which are equal parts serious and strange
  • "What are they?" posts about the things that move me
  • Campfire stories that reveal small snapshots of my larger writing project
$10 club!
$10 or more per month

Access all the patrons-only posts listed above and get a little art surprise in the mail about once a month!

$20 club!
$20 or more per month
Access all the patrons-only posts, get a little art surprise in the mail once a month and *bonus* art surprises every other month!
$50 club!
$50 or more per month
Receive all the club awards including original works sprinkled in with the art surprises and a special monthly queer art video for $50+ club members only!
Goals
$111 of $200 per month
$200 a month would allow me to 
  • increase the frequency of art goodies for $10+ patrons and Patreon posts for all
  • continue my research and writing for Season of Shadows by funding one self-led writing retreat outside of my studio each month 
  • cover the application or submission fee for one new artist residency or publication (did you know that those cost money?!)
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In early 2017, I began researching the aesthetic language of shadows as a way to understand experiences that aren’t easily measured. Season of Shadows turned into a social project in which I interviewed trans and queer peers about gender, working together to conjure metaphors for those parts of ourselves that can feel difficult to explain otherwise. I'm translating recurring themes from these conversations into performances, installations, events, and writing, and digging into inseparable experiences like spirituality, dis/ability, race, and class in order to better understand our relationships with gender. A dozen interview excerpts and photographs from Shadows-affiliated events were installed in the Season of Shadows exhibition at Overture Center for the Arts March - June 2018 and are available in this zine. With the help of generous Patreon supporters, the Season of Shadows project will culminate in a collection of short stories, to be completed by the end of 2020. Patreon patronage helps me stay active in the writing process!


(Photo by Duke Virginia)

Wondering how the rest of my work fits in? While working on major social projects, performances, installations, or video art pieces—in other words, my 4D art practice—I maintain a playful 2D/3D practice. These prints, cards, drawings, plates, and other mixed media works are like my artist diary that I share with the world, and they're the types of goodies I'll send to my patrons while the big research is happening. Visual art helps me make sense of gender, chronic pain, power, and performance in ways that a conversation might not. Poetic cards even help to get short form ideas out into the world while larger Season of Shadows writing projects unfold behind the scenes. In all cases, I start with a question, idea, or feeling and engage any means available to investigate and play within its realm. 



Patreon supporters can expect to:
  • Have questions answered in videos and livestreams which are equal parts serious and extremely strange
  • Read essay reflections on current and past social projects, research, and teaching
  • Find inspiration with my What are they? posts about all my favorite things
  • Receive patrons-only discounts in my Etsy shop ($10+ tiers)
  • Get playful with snail mail art surprises like postcards, prints, poems, zines, and stickers ($10+ club tiers)
  • Get bonus art surprises and personalized notes sent to your door ($20+ club tiers)
  • Get all that and original works sprinkled in with the art surprises *and* a special top-tier-only queer art video monthly! ($50+ club tier)



Thank you
to everyone who has supported this project through material donations, time, money, and other resources. You're supporting me in my dream job and I couldn’t be more grateful!



Recent posts by Alaura Borealis

Tiers
$2 club!
$2 or more per month

Access to Patreon patrons-only posts like:

  • Essay reflections on social projects, research, and teaching
  • Q&A videos and livestreams which are equal parts serious and strange
  • "What are they?" posts about the things that move me
  • Campfire stories that reveal small snapshots of my larger writing project
$10 club!
$10 or more per month

Access all the patrons-only posts listed above and get a little art surprise in the mail about once a month!

$20 club!
$20 or more per month
Access all the patrons-only posts, get a little art surprise in the mail once a month and *bonus* art surprises every other month!
$50 club!
$50 or more per month
Receive all the club awards including original works sprinkled in with the art surprises and a special monthly queer art video for $50+ club members only!