Several years ago, I bought an awkward cross-stitched sampler of a ship at a flea market in rural Pennsylvania that included the text, “Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out after it.” It became the talisman that hangs in my studio—a reminder to assume what I seek is out there and start swimming—no matter how imperfect or awkward I might feel about jumping in.
Using the sampler as my inspiration, and over several months, I will be creating a works-on-paper series of sailing vessels that include the same text as the sampler. Throughout the exhibition of these works, older pieces will be replaced by newer ones, old iterations replaced by new. In this way the evolution of the project will mimic the process of working that is integral to inspiration and success.
All of the images are for sale, for $100 each, and all proceeds (after taxes and shipping) will be donated to the Otis College of Art and Design Centennial Scholarship Fund—so that the works themselves become vehicles to inspire others. You can purchase a drawing at kimrussostudio.com
Kim Russo’s work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Hilliard Art Museum, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kim Russo is currently the Interim Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at Otis College of Art and Design.