Monday, May 13, 2013

First Semester as a grad student at Memphis College of Art

Well, I made it through!  My decision to start school happened so fast, there was literally no time to make the transition from the home-body I had become to a student in an intense graduate program.  I went from zero to sixty in about a week!  My head was still spinning at midterms.

Most of the students there are the same age as my own children.  Surprisingly, it gave me a bit of an advantage.  But it was also really disconcerting to be in classes with twenty-somethings who were perfectly comfortable sitting and doing their work on the studio floor.  Most of them had no clue about my background, and of course never bothered to ask! The undergrads who were in one class with me were shocked when they started seeing what I was doing.....not to brag, but just to say what a surreal time it was.

There are so many more details, things that I have shared with friends during the last 4 months about the quality of craftsmanship, the issue about doing "conceptual" art, and my serious doubts about going through with this.  Email me if you want to hear more.

Here are some photos:

 I started out with these rapid gesture exercises. After about 3 days of this, I had done over a hundred of them.  My plan was to crop them into squares, and arrange them somehow.

 I ended up scanning in the best of the gestures, about 80 of them, and then cropping them using Photoshop.  Then I printed out all those rectangular cards (above) and cutting them out. And then arranging them.

This was the finished project, mounted on a wall as an "installation piece." (Installations are really hot right now in the contemporary art world, apparently.  I'm more of a painting and book person, so this was a new idea to me.)

And here is another version -- the cards are folded in half and mounted on the wall as an accordion book.

These works on paper with sumi and walnut ink followed:

Then these with collaged pieces from old calligraphy practice sheets:

All of those pieces were done for what I call "independent" study.  This was in addition to the classwork that I did for the undergraduate drawing class that I took.  Thanks for looking and I will post more tomorrow!!!!


bookwurm007 said...

I love watching your journey, and it helps me to hear your voice describing a few of the steps - like a window into the back stage secrets of what will inevitably become a stunning production. Thanks for inviting me in to share your treasures. Love you!

Barbara Rankin said...

Your work always amazes me, Roann. I am so very happy for you and that you are transitioning into something else that you love. TFS your journey, and I wish you all the best!

Eve said...

Roann- Thanks so much for posting. I can't wait to see more.