Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Greetings From Grad School
Please excuse my internet absence, but indeed my first quarter as an MFA painting candidate has begun. All of my preconceived notions of the program have been just about on point: it is very overwhelming (not just the course load but the amount of information thrown at me), inspiring (my program has a sooo many talented and varied artists that it borders on being just plain intimidating), exciting (there is an air of "Look what I can do!" that encompasses the campus), and very much a smoker's paradise (which as most of you know I am an avid runner as well, so if you're looking for me outside the building I am the girl with the large water bottle and turkey sandwich amongst the sea of cigarettes. Give me a couple of weeks and I will probably have a mask on to boot).
What I really wanted to say, however, is that the biggest aspect about the program is that it requires I have several bodies of work going at once (and breathe). The above image is a work in progress of a 36" x 60" painting of hands creating apple tarts (Shout out to the lovely team at BakeShop, who were ever so patient with me taking over 300 photographs last week at 6am). I am also creating a body of work (consisting of mixed media, particularly old family photographs) commenting on the dual roles of modern American women, and also a body of work, also mixed media based, commenting on the necessity of female etiquette in the South.
Lots to do, and the posts might not be as regular, but check in on me: The next couple of years are going to be fun!