I came to Vancouver Island to change my life.. After many years of trying to pull myself together, my family intervened and persuaded me to get help. On the day of my intervention, I remember tuning out my family’s letters to me. What I did hear that day was the voice of my best friend. He died in my arms from an overdose and his mom was at my intervention. She spoke as if she was him and I listened. That was April 8th, 2011.
I was in treatment for 9 months that year. I completed treatment and took the suggestion of staying on Vancouver Island. My mom said I had two choices move back home to Vermont and die or stay on the Island and make it work. I slowly started to rediscover a healthy sense of self. I loved playing soccer with my new friends and loved the excitement of scoring goals. I started to attend the pottery drop-in at the city’s Bowen recreational facility. I loved being present with the clay. It was always something I loved and wished I could be better at. I was drawn to the messiness and to the mindfulness it took to make something.
One of my first pots
April 9th, 2012.
At 12 months clean/sober its a tradition to tell your story. To carry a message of hope and allow others to hear what it was like for you. I remember being incredibly anxious and then an unnerving sense of calmness. I told my story. Afterwards, Kendall came up to me and thanked me for sharing. She related to my story as it was similar to her brother’s story. I remember feeling flattered and shy.
I thanked her for sharing with me how it impacted her.
A few days later Kendall posted this song on YouTube and she dedicated it to me!
Printmaking helped me immensely in how I troubleshoot problems across all mediums. It changed the way I approached and conceptualized a plan.
It’s a nostalgic high process art form that reminds me of working long hours in the kitchen with my father as a kid. By accessing that childhood memory, I was able to overcome feeling overwhelmed.
Learning a new process can be intimidating or scary. One of the skills I learned while studying visual arts was how to find comfort in the uncomfortable. Copper plate etching or intaglio, was a new frontier for me. Reflecting back, it’s through that process that I found confidence and love for my style of drawing.
I’m very thankful that my Professor Gregory Ball saw potential in my work and encouraged my experimental approach to print media. The print room was really the place where I felt most comfortable on campus.
“Adam DelMarcelle is an MFA candidate at VCFA. Adam serves as an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania and Lebanon Valley College, teaching courses in graphic design and printmaking. His current work focuses on design activism and the role design thinking plays in solving larger societal issues. The work created for the “What Heroin Sounds Like” campaign has garnered national attention, allowing Adam to travel widely spreading awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis ravaging our communities. He lives in Lebanon PA with his wife, Missy, his son, Joe, and two basset hounds.” – Graphic Design USA
Celebrating the life of Andy Williams aka DJ A_Dog in Burlington, Vermont, USA.
I heard somewhere in my travels that as a community we get sick or we get healthy together. What I witnessed Saturday August 26, 2017, was a community of people coming together in memory of Andy Williams. Skaters, DJ’s, artists, friends, and family. A community of people commemorating a Burlington icon, featuring both established and emerging talent.
For myself, it was a dream come true. Participating in this year’s event was truly an honour. Thank you to The Friends For A_Dog Foundation for approving my project and allowing me the creative freedom to create an installation that held true to my vision.
‘Timeless DJ A_Dog’ is a mixed media art installation. A medium mash-up of ceramics and printmaking. Translucent porcelain skateboards with screen printed images of DJ A_Dog. Displayed using plexiglass, wood pallets and salvaged wood. The structure and decks were illuminated by LED lights that were sound responsive to the music.
How on earth did I come up with this idea/ concept?