Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Ian Campbell is an installation artist and designer, based in Seattle, WA. Ian grew up in rural Arkansas receiving his degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas - Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2008. Ian has traveled around the world studying art, architecture, and design with resident programs in Italy, Mexico, Denmark, and Iceland. His work is informed by the continual exploration of light, the process of making, and the formation of collective memories. Ian believes that every investigation and subsequent product offers an opportunity to explore the creative process with the aim of producing site-specific installations that enhance sensation, generate spectacle, and invite personal engagement.

Ian is receiving 2016 GAP funding to assist in progressing an ongoing six-year project entitled Second Nature. Second Nature is a landscape scale lighting installation that explores our collective unconscious by revealing the unseen -- the often invisible imaginative experiences, and memories which exist in our minds. The genesis of Second Nature was originally developed in 2011 while Ian was serving as artist in residence for the U.S. National Park Service in Washington State. Over the subsequent years, he has continued development and refinement of Second Nature and now has long term installation opportunity in the dramatic, remote landscapes of the Westfjords region of Iceland.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I want to sincerely thank Artist Trust for providing artists with opportunities to pursue new work and advance their artistic practice. This opportunity will assist me in elevating not only my public art portfolio but uniquely positions my ability to affect change through artistic intervention on both international and local communities. I wholeheartedly believe this funding opportunity can unlock valuable large-scale light installation experience and undoubtedly enhance my portfolio of public art installations. It is my sincere hope to become more fully integrated into Seattle's public art community through completing high-quality works like Second Nature and funding through Artist Trust helps make this dream possible. Thank you.

Ian Campbell