Jasmine Krieger created The Crisis, an acrylic painting, to raise awareness about the world’s water problems, speaking on behalf of the one billion people worldwide who are without clean and safe drinking water.
Until Oct. 7 her art will be seen by hundreds of thousands during ArtPrize, an annual event in Grand Rapids deemed as the world’s largest public art contest.
Her piece is one of 1,524 at 169 venues this year vying for the public’s vote to win the grand prize of $200,000.
“I know my skill level, but to be able to tell people I’m in ArtPrize shows that I’m serious about art,” said Krieger, a CU senior psychology major.
This is her first attempt to display her work in a competition.
“This is really my first time stepping out of a classroom setting for art,” Krieger said.
While looking for ideas for inspiration, a family from her church, the Hauchs approached her about the water crisis. The Hauchs work closely with, Zoe Water, a Christian organization that builds wells and distributes audio Bibles in villages’ native languages.
Krieger believes we have a call to help those in crisis. So, she partnered with Zoe Water, using her painting as a platform to connect people with this ministry.
Overwhelmed by the many ways to portray water crisis, Krieger wanted to be sure to do it in a unique way.
“There are plenty of photos of people drinking water from a well for the first time. They are joyful and crying. Those are great photos,” Krieger said, “but I didn’t want my painting to be like those photos because they already exist.”
She landed on an art form where people in the painting appear as if they are made out of water.
The piece was done with acrylic paint and applied like watercolor. Separate paintings of water surround the center canvas to create a collage. Together, the paintings represent the life-giving source that water can be.
Krieger has studied art while studying abroad in Spain as well as Kendall College and Calvin College where she is earning a minor in art.
Her piece is featured at McKay’s Downtown, 25 Ottawa, located just west of the Van Andel Arena.
Other Cornerstone ArtPrize participants include, Joy VanderPloeg, a CU undergraduate student, and Kemp Lyons, a CU faculty member.