The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Renee Silva – Peabody
Learn more: www.reneesilva.com
Creative Practice: My professional creative practice has consisted of an ongoing body of work, exhibitions, starting a collaborative artist collective, teaching, and selling at markets. I have a BFA in painting from Mass College of Art where I started my practice of painting abstract landscapes of symbols, plants, figures, and icons. I’ve expanded my practice to painted apparel that I sell online and in markets. In addition to painting, I collaborate with my community in other media such as video, sculpture, and laser cutting in an artist collective titled Growth Spurt. I’ve exhibiting at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston, the Boston Convention Center, Boston Cyberarts, the Boston Design Center, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. My practice is supported by my freelance teaching at Mass College of Art’s Youth Program and the Watertown Center for the Arts.
Artist Statement: My artwork connects to social, health, and environment concern in that, along with my artist collective, we are pulling content from the news – hurricanes, shootings, and cultural phenomenons that speak to our current social and mental climate. Societal mindsets and awareness is something at the forefront of my mind when making work.
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