Whoa! The senior show!
Nicole Arns, ISA, printmaker.
We talked about the process of her printmaking through the use of reduction prints. I also asked her how many of each edition she made while using the particular process.
Olive Young, Painter.
Discussed representational painting and pushing the boundaries of what painting is and what it is considered to be.
Tara Keefe, Printmaker.
Within her prints we discussed how to better describe the atmosphere that her subjects occupied. We also discussed particular materials.
Cari Dulan, Painter.
Yellow paintings, we talked about how you build of ideas that form rather that strictly planning. We also discussed color and how she matched her yellow paintings. Once we started talking about it we realized that the colors I wear also match my paintings.
A super cool green thumb senior project!
Cari matching her paintings. :)
And our lazy river rat. (school mascot)
I was sitting here thinking about what I would write for my UVII artist statement. Why do I make art, what is my intention? I actually cried because I got so stressed out thinking about what I am doing with art, trying to understand what could possibly be my “mission” in making art.
It took multiple conversations with other students (to know that I am not alone in this understanding struggle) and with teachers to feel out the perspective. The final conversation that pushed me to where I needed to be, was with Evan Gruzis, my instructor for experimental painting.
I told him about how I’m not sure that my art work has a deeper meaning besides the fact that I simply want to create. I want to make things that are cool. I want to make things that people want to hang on their wall, not something they go to the gallery to analyze.
I had recently gone to visit an artists studio at the nut factory. His name is Todd Mrozinski. His work and his work space inspired me. It was exactly the kind of life’s work that I knew I wanted to do in my own life. He was asked the question by another visitor, “Where do you get your ideas for your work?”
"I just follow the inspiration."
His response explained my work to a t. He made three totally different series on the shadows from trees, flower bouquets, and the shadows that form on the wall through a window. It was amazing, and brilliant. The best part was that they were beautiful and the idea was so simple. There was no explanation needed for them. He put a vase of flowers on a table. He put his canvas down in front of them. He traced the shadow and painted them. Something so simple became beautiful because he followed his inspiration, and in this case, it was the shadows.
I also shared with Evan a story about my AP studio art experience with Mr. Bill Barder. During my first chosen concentration I had no meaning behind my pieces besides that the imagery came from a dream, and there was an intricate process to reach the final product. I had a break down one day, “How are we supposed to talk about the depth of my piece if I don’t have a meaning?”
He told me the best thing I have ever heard,
"I draw fat cats with attitude because I like fat cats with attitude. I make them because I like to, not because something drove me to make something more interesting. It doesn’t mean that what I am doing is less than what the next person is doing. Not everything is going to go deep, somethings are meant to be exactly what they are, like fat cats with attitude."
Evans reaction to that was turning my simple, I want to make cool art, into something that sounded amazing and, quite frankly, something I could write about. He called my interest, the interest in visual phenomenon.
In the art world, everyone has a mission… Right? A lot of artist do, Im sure of it. Janine Antoni, an artist using her body to explore the relationship between herself and her own creations.
Janine Antoni, Loving Care, 1993. The artist soaked her hair in hair dye and mopped the floor.
Vic Muniz creates imagery using non traditional materials and, as shown in Wasteland, he used the process and profits of a project to change the lives of those involved.
Vik Muniz, Irma’s Portrait. Vik had a team of pickers from a recycling project at one of the worlds largest dump sights fill in large portraits of themselves using the materials they collect.
I made a piece about my mom after her death. It described her relationship with herself and her thoughts and how that effected her outward interaction with the world, describing her mental illness. My mission is to define self. I want to understand who I am as a person. I hope to find what relationships and events in my life have accumulated to bring me to what I consider my Identity.
Starts to cry. Reminds myself, “It’s sunny outside. You’re not aloud to cry today.”