Overall Review was sort of terrifying. I was second out of all of the Grads, so that was nice. I don't think I could have handled the anxiety for the whole day! My particular portion was actually rather nice. The faculty were all very supportive and encouraging -- not to say that they were not critical. They were not satisfied with my presentation as an artwork, but as a work in progress and a direction, and as an example of how much I have been working they were happy with it.
The main thing that they said to me, was to just take more risks with it, to push myself visually and conceptually. They didn't rip apart my statement (which they did for almost everyone else) so I guess that was good. I'll post it down below.
Anyway, I'm excited to continue working and get started with my studio visits. I have three projects that I hope to finish for final review, which is May 3! *fingers crossed* (but not really cause they'll be busy making!!!)
Midterm Review Statement:
These works address the issue of building identity through signs and connections, but they undertake this task in contradictory ways. Self-portrait utilize mess and chaos, while Chairs approaches these concerns with attempted order and regularity.
In a new place there is an opportunity to become a new person, to an extent. Through constant reinvention we can discover our genuine self. With outward signs such as clothing and furniture choices, among many others, we can communicate our identity to those around us. Not only do we invent and convey ourselves through these means, but also through the connections we make with others. Our identity is influenced by those we identify with, and bind ourselves to.
We are collectors and weavers of imagery and signs, and we use these in order to to make ourselves understood. Through a process of self-examination I not only communicate but I also uncover parts and pieces of my character formerly unknown or unrecognized even by myself.