Glad to be back.
I did a lot before the holidays. We ended the year with an exhibition with the main purpose to introduce myself (and the other aa2a residents) to the students and it was a success. I had some really great positive feedback and had one student even go as far as saying how "inspired and impressed" and that seeing my work had helped to get him out of a rut he was feeling he was in. No one has ever complimented my work in such a way so I was incredibly flattered but so pleased that I am actually HELPING the students in some way.
I also had to do a dreaded presentation for the first and second year students about the things that they can whilst whilst at uni and after. Things like promoting themselves, social networking, networking, open call outs and volunteering. Was very nervous, but again its to help students out and from that I have arranged a few tutorials with students who had similar art practice interests to me. So Im very much looking forward to interacting one on one with students. We're now past the 'honeymoon' period of being new and students adjusting to a new year etc. So its kind of like get down to business now.
I have a lot of plans for work at the moment starting with more screen printing on monday. But this time Im working with two layers. A first layer being a found image and the second layer will be a drawing of mine over the top. So hopefully it works well.
I also got to thinking about how something very small or unplanned can change the course of ones research of practice. I found a book in Waterstones with such an enticting and provocative front cover I had to get it.
I paid quite an amout for it but later on realised the book was actually worth £2,000 online. But its rich with imagery that I can make full use of and I know this will change the feel of my collages in terms of playing with compositions and structure. The book is a collection of photographs by Guy Bourdin whos images are found primarily in Vogue. I later on read that hes heavuily inspired by Francis Bacon who is one of my favourite artists.
I was also very flattered and pleased to have my work featured in the AA2A fund raising email. Its really nice that my work is getting some recognition and is actually just liked by people. So yeah, a big thumbs up for that!
So yeah, thats all for now. Hopefully more to come!
AA2A has just got into full swing. Attended a year 2 crit last week, which was very eventful. There was male artist touching on Feminism without fully understanding the subject, was slightly disappointing but exciting at the same time. Im really intrigued by a few students to see how their work progresses. I've missed crits.
Set up my studio space which is really nice and big. Its helping me get into the groove of working again after not doing any physical artwork for a year.
Going to London at the end of this week to see the Turner Prize which will be exciting. Cant wait to get back because I'll be doing some screen printing.
Images to come soon...