Today is another one of those too busy work days (or " too busywork days," if you prefer). You know what I'm figuring out? That it's important for me to go into the studio anyways. So tempting to stay in my office and bang out reports, thinking I am freeing up time I can use later. But no, that "later" never comes. So today I went to the studio, ate my soup, and stared at work in progress for 30 minutes. That's it. And it was enough. Sometimes just showing up is the work.
Just wanted to share a few images from my Sculpture I class. We have been working on a new assignment that was suggested to me by/ I stole from Adam Wolpa at Calvin college. Each student made a very large 100-150# self portrait head in clay and last week they began covering them in papier-mache. They had to endure many armature failures (my fault), but they have persevered, and the results are worth it. I'm very proud of them! Here's some photos in progress. More next week when they officially turn them in.
Guard David. Monoprint. 2001 (?).
I just received this image of a monoprint a made a while ago working with master printer Phil Garrett at King Snake Press. The print is part of the King Snake collection, and is currently on display at The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga. It was nice to reconnect with this "old friend," and to remember working with Phil. He rents his studio out for artists wanting to make monoprints. I highly recommend it!
Critiques are kind of a hassle. Theres a lot of cleaning, sorting, and organizing--of both the studio and your thoughts. Work is interrupted. Momentum lost.
But it's worth it. I had a big crit this morning, but the first insight came before anyone arrived. Just setting up my work and seeing it together, I began to realize how interconnected much of the work is. I am beginning to think maybe I should try a more collection/installation approach, with both 2-D and 3-D elements creating a single work.
In spite of the cold, I've had some good quality time in the studio. Here's a look at what I've been working on.
the studio chair
A place for me to ramble on when I need to take a break.