Why submit to Momentum? Momentum Tulsa 2014 Spotlight artist Kerri Shadid gives the scoop

January 6, 2015

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This post is by OVAC Intern Pauline Chateau as part of  our series on Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum OKC 2015, featuring Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger.  Momentum OKC opens March 6 & 7 at the Farmer’s Public Market OKC. Submissions are due by January 27, 5 pm online.

March, 6th & 7th 2015, Momentum OKC will give the opportunity to more than one hundred artists ages 30 and younger to expose their art during this festive and creative two day event. Kerri Shadid was one of these artists during Momentum Tulsa 2014, selected as a spotlight artist. Below is a Q&A session about her personal experience. If you’re an artist ages 30 and younger, living and working in Oklahoma, and want to be part of Momentum OKC 2015, you will find the process to submit below.

Kerri Shadid is a poet, artist, and freelance writer. She creates books as art, including An Eclection: A Handmade Book of Poems, and writes spontaneous poems for visitors to her Poetry Stand. Kerri marbles wall-mounted panels, paper goods, and textiles. She received a Momentum Tulsa 2014 Spotlight Artist grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to create The Tao of Lost Syntax series. Kerri is the 2014-2015 SPACE artist-in-residence at The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

Pauline Chateau: What were your reasons for deciding to apply in 2014?
Kerri Shadid: I applied in 2014 because I was in the process of reimagining my career and my goals to include more performance and visual art, and participating in Momentum seemed like an incredible opportunity to explore these new facets of my work. Creating my applications for Momentum helped me focus my ideas and discover how to take intriguing concepts and make them actually work. Also, I was 30, so it was my last chance!

Do you feel being in Momentum Tulsa 2014 was a growing experience as an artist?
Absolutely! It forced me to become competent and confident in creating visual art very quickly, and I was so grateful to have this challenge to push my work beyond my previous boundaries. I also appreciate that Momentum Tulsa 2014 focused on community engagement in the Spotlight artists’ work. Through Poetry Stand, I already embrace public interaction by writing spontaneous poems for strangers, but I want to expand the community engagement aspect of my work in future projects. Being prompted to add an interactive component—the wall of Lost Syntax poems made by visitors, which turned out to be a more interesting experience for the public than I could have hoped—was a great step in that direction. The Tao of Lost Syntax is also much more conceptual that my past work, and I was excited to see how people engaged with this “extra-sensical” way of creating poetry.

Do you feel it has given growth to your career?
Being selected as a Momentum Spotlight artist was a turning point in my career, because it gave me my first opportunity to create wall-mounted visual art. I am primarily a poet, although I’ve never been a very traditional poet, in the sense that I do what is interesting to me without necessarily following a traditional career path. Throughout my education and my life that has meant exploring the interconnectedness of all things through interdisciplinary study and now work. So in a way I was making visual art because I was creating handmade books of my poetry, which I consider pieces of art, but receiving the Spotlight grant was an incredible way to further explore how I could combine my poetry with visual art.

Keep the Hollows Open by Kerri Shadid

Keep the Hollows Open by Kerri Shadid

Did Momentum broaden your network?
One of my favorite things about OVAC is all the amazing, interesting people who work there, are members, or are drawn to their events. OVAC has a knack for bringing creative, innovative people together, and I always have great conversations and make new friends at any OVAC event. One of the highlights for me was getting to meet Dr. Fran Ringold, the editor of Nimrod literary journal, at the patron preview for Momentum Tulsa. Getting to talk to a former state poet laureate about my inspiration for creating the poetry in The Tao of Lost Syntax was a treat!

What advice would you give to other artists interested in submitting this year?
My advice is, of course, to do it! Even if you have not shown before or you are trying a new direction in your work, that doesn’t mean you aren’t ready. If you feel like you have produced something worthy of sharing, that could start an important discussion or captivate an audience, Momentum is the perfect forum for sharing it. You have a responsibility as an artist, a seer into the unknown, the surprising, to share the fruits of your introspection and creativity with others–visitors to Momentum OKC 2015 will be counting on you. Momentum has been a launching pad to sparking futures for many artists, and could well be for you, too.

Momentum will be held March 6 (Down Tempo) and March 7 (Full Speed) in OKC. Momentum is open to artists ages 30 and younger who live and work in Oklahoma, or who have a permanent address in Oklahoma. The deadline is January 27, 5pm 2015.

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More information about the event at MomentumOklahoma.org