I decided this semester to not "censor" myself in the studio. That is, if I have an idea that I feel is worth pursuing I'm going to pursue it, whether or not the faculty supports or is excited by it. I've spent the last year trying to please them and, while I've been relatively successful and I enjoy the work that I've done, I'm not really "wowed" by anything and I'm not really feeling super satisfied (or really I think the word might be "fulfilled") with/by the final products. I'm not sure how this will turn out but I'm diving in.
I also recently had a visit with Julia (about proposals for an up-coming show !!! ) and we were talking about our respective studio practices and the correlations that are happening. A list that we put together:
domestic spaces and objects as representatives of memory, relationships, and experience
fruitless labor, impossible tasks, the absurdity/futility of actions
the line between presence and absence, active absence and absent presence.
Some things I'm feeling these days that are seeping into my work:
fake (like, constantly putting on a show)
frustrated/angry ( <- rather strange for me, actually, I don't tend to let myself get this way)
Materially I'm working with:
chairs (of course)
video and performance
photography (weirdly, but I think it's working)
sawdust and soil
with a little thread, for good measure
This is were you can find photos and read about work in progress, my experiences at TAMU-C, and see some of my inspirations.