H Schenck is an artist working in the DFW area. H uses mud both physically as a material and conceptually as a vehicle to acknowledge social labels and redefine them. His work consists of site specific installations that reflect different points of the Mud Manifesto.
Mud is essentially made up of four materials. The ratio of these materials changes the mud's properties and the given name, such as cement or clay. Similar to mud and its specific uses, humans are all composed of the same genetic material, however, the individual make up of our genes, such as the amount of melatonin in our skin, determines our social labels.
By utilizing mud as a base unit, H talks about individual navigation and experience that can speak to a larger audience beyond his own specific social categories.
With this understanding, H Schenck has revolved his process and work around the idea that he is mud, what he makes is mud, the people around him are mud, and we are all connected. He has collected soil samples throughout the Midwest, from Texas to Wisconsin. The majority of H’s work reflects images and materials from these regions, based on his specific “mud” travels.
Esther Rose is an educator working within the DFW area. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Esther was raised to believe that education is key to understanding and that contrasts of differences demonstrate the beauty in humanity. Esther received her degree in Education with a Fine Arts Concentration from Bradley University. As well as a formal educator, Esther has worked with various artists on realizing and implementing their visions into realities.
Education provides an avenue to explore, question, and discuss our world's intricacies. It has always been Esther's mission to provide students with tools that enable them to be successful and contributing members of society. Focusing on humanity's mud, she brings a macro scale idea into a series of micro contributions that glaze the surface of what it means to be human.
Esther’s work with the Mud Campaign began as a background organizer and developer. As time progressed it was clear that Esther functioned as integral part of the Mud Campaign’s success and has since taken on an equal role in its future. The Mud Campaign’s vision speaks to Esther’s overall hope for humanity and goals as an educator.