Well, maybe it was the late hour, maybe it was because I am older and have spent more time thinking about what I want my artwork to be, but I definitely did not feel the same way when I finished my meeting. I was told that my concepts were clear, my pieces were refreshingly simple and that I needed to make more work and play with more shapes, all of which I thoroughly agree with.
So, now I need to figure out what I want to do for next semester. I'd really like to make my pieces more engaging, rather than just being plain, simple forms, but, at the same time, there's a power in simple, white forms. Some ideas that I might like to explore are:
- Playing more with the simple forms by creating an installation which layers individual pieces to form a more complex picture. I would play with the orientation of the oval forms, add some new shapes and perhaps even place some kind of drawing behind the pieces as a background. This mural could even tell a story. I've been watching a friend and mentor decline in her struggle with cancer and this could be a way of talking about that and of memorializing the impact that she has had one so many people and that will continue no matter what happens to her.
- A wave of boats suspended from the ceiling. All of the boats would be white except for one which would probably be red. This would be discussing the fact that we are all on a journey and we each have a story to tell, but MINE is the most important since one boat stands out from the others. I think there would also be an element of how we (I) can sometimes feel lost in the crowd, and a sense of loneliness. I suppose that idea could also be played with by using more than one red boat. Perhaps two red boats together symbolizing a partnership. Perhaps two red boats lost in the same sea, symbolizing two like souls searching for each other.
- Finally, one of the committee members would like for me to take my form and "go big." Well, why not? I've certainly thought about it over the years. so what the hell, right? I see so many kids going big just for the sake of going big that I'm a little reluctant to follow the crowd, but, then again, large, simple forms can be very powerful. Just look at the work of Jun Kaneko.
- Linda Swanson - I really like the elemental-ness of her work. In my mind I see her combining nature art (think Andy Goldsworthy) with ceramics. Going out into nature and doing some installations could be really exciting.
- David East - I like his forms and the discussion of suburban sprawl, but I really hate the navigation on his website.
- Dylan J Beck
- Maren Kloppmann