The Incognito Project is kind of a big deal in my family. Mom (Terry Strickland) got an idea a couple of years ago to do a large scale show of portraits of people as their alter-egos. It was deeply collaborative between Mom and her models, going back and forth about who they wanted to be when they grew up and if any of them had secret identities. When it came time for the photoshoot (20 something people in one day- whew!) the family stepped up to be the support she needed for the day! Dad handed out model paperwork and kept the schedule, my sister-in-law did costume make up, my brother took interviews about the alter egos, and I worked as Mom's assistant, moving lights, adjusting models, and serving as a second set of eyes for the photos.
So here we are several years later, the paintings are done, but the family is not! We have joined together to make The Incognito Project into a coffee table book. We've got the writers writing and the designer (me) is designing. It's going to be awesome!
It's got all kinds of stuff in it. Essays about the significance of certain identities, statements from the models, and giant glossy images of the paintings. It's laid out like a detective's file, revealing the way Mom has become a people detective. Through her art she has discovered other's true selves and laid it bare for us all to see.
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We're running a Kickstarter to fund the printing of the book. This is the largest project Matter Deep has created so far. If you donate 50 bucks you get almost a hundred pages of beautiful paintings, fantastic writing, and stunning details! There's a bunch of other swag you can get too if you don't have 50 bucks to donate, or if you've got more so check it out!
If you've never seen Kickstarter here's a quick run down:
You pledge to donate a certain amount of money. If the campaign reaches the needed amount, then your donation goes through. If we don't reach our goal, then our hopes and dreams are shattered, you don't spend any money, and we don't get any money. It's completely safe, and your payments go through your existing Amazon account. Amazon has (rigorously) verified that we are who we say we are, and essentially what you are doing is not really donating, but pre-ordering a book! More about it here: Kickstarter's Frequently Asked Questions
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