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Name: Amanda Jean Sauer
Grant Applied For: Young Emerging Artist Program; city offers up to $2,500 to support “innovative art projects” by 18- to 30-year-old Washingtonians
Money Needed For: costs associated with Unsung Symbols, a photography series chronicling “the signs and symbols of everyday life in the District of Columbia”
Background: In her application, Sauer suggests that “the world is boiling over with symbolism, that there is meaning in everything, and that there are infinite signs wherever we turn.” In the District, she notes, such signs might include “a puppy-dog effigy tied to a lamp post or the slowly decaying Wonderbread factory” near the intersection of 7th and S Streets NW.
Plan: Sauer intends to spend a year shooting various scenes in color, because, as she explains in her application, “color is very important to the way I see when I photograph the city.” Most of the work will be done in her own neighborhood of Shaw “and surrounding areas.”
Amount Asked For: $1,840.96
Status: approved, for $1,841
Upshot: Sauer, whose work has been selected for the next Washington Project for the ArtsCorcoran biennial, has been able to produce 20 examples of symbolism in the city. Her favorite is probably an image of a group of youngsters staring at a rainbow that arches over a block of dilapidated row houses. “That’s definitely symbolism,” she says.