The Artery gains prize-winning intern

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:02 AM.

Though she’s recently enjoyed some watercolor classes taken through The Artery, Knapp doesn’t find much inspiration in paints and said that a blank white canvas scares her. She feels that her art is best created and represented on a three-dimensional plane.

In April of this year, Knapp was accepted to showcase a life-sized sculpture of a wedding dress at the Art Fields show in Lake City, South Carolina.

The event is the largest art show in the Southeast with over 800 applicants and only 400 invited to exhibit. On her first time out, Knapp snagged a second-place victory and a prize of $25,000.

The win validated Knapp’s talent, especially since the sculpture had been created under the duress of a relationship-gone-wrong.

“Sometimes you want something so bad, you don’t see what it’s doing to you,” she said.

Both the sculpture and the positive feedback from the piece helped her get through a very emotional time.

Though Knapp is proud of her success to-date, she also understands that the bar has been set and her future works need to meet or exceed her wedding dress piece.

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