So much time was spent in the studio this semester - learning how to use new tools and ways of creating. In my process, sculpture is an organic, constantly changing experience which contributed to many hours of work. Based on the trials and design considerations in the first half of the term, I will continue to focus on refining my time management during the coming weeks. I was inspired by my classmates' polished looking works and their enthusiasm to press on despite a rapidly approaching deadline. I would like to alter my process a bit to still be able to "go with the flow," but also to be able to plan a bit better in terms of having to deal with less trials. In the case of my metal sculpture, "It Lives in the Air," I took it one intuitive step at a time, but it would have been better to have a more systematic approach to the welding aspect to make it feel safer and more refined, which I think would have lead it to look more polished in less time. I also think that it would have been better to think ahead when I was starting on my sock monkey sculpture, "To Be Him," it would have been to my advantage to consider the final result ahead of time so that I was not pushing myself so hard at the last minute to make it feel more complete.
Without a solid plan to manage my time and efforts, utilizing a new medium, I spent many hours - literally - with fire, learning my trial and error. I love throwing caution to the wind and just exploring new material, but now that I know how it works, I can better plan for future projects - planning my time accordingly.
Robbie Barber - Recognizable and Whimsical - seriousness spun on its head
"I am interested in the depiction of unheralded everyday subject matter and the subtle nobility in these castles of the mundane. "
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller - Create a new environment incorporating sound
"being able to transport yourself, as if you're in a film, to be able to let go of yourself." - Cardiff
- Put in the time - it will really make your work shine.
- View other artists' work - even work you wouldn't think would impact you. It just might.
- Put due dates into your calendar and add time to your calendar for adequate time in the studio.
- Listen to podcasts of other artists as sources of inspiration for your work.
- Talk to your classmates for feedback and discussion outside of class. This informal critique may help you more than you know.
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