|"Long Voyage" under construction.|
There are only two weeks left until the end of my time as a graduate student. As always, the end of the semester is a busy time. I am working long hours to finish the written requirement for my Masters of Fine Arts. Although the educational experiences for a graduate student in art culminate in the thesis exhibition (a display of the art work the student has been developing for two and a half years) written documentation about the work is expected. Writing provides an opportunity for me to look at my work at a distance and to reflect on the strange, often confusing path I wended to my thesis show.
It is a challenge to use a linear structure to describe my fragmented creative process. The work I created for my thesis show was not the result of singular thoughts leading directly to finished work. Instead, the pieces in the show came together around a collection of ideas and interests in a process similar to the way planets form. My interests in physics, math, philosophy, and science fiction exerted a sort of gravitational pull on a variety of media, techniques, and methods. A landscape painting would emerge next to a pile of electronics slowly coalescing into a mechanism aspiring to give life to a foam planet. Nearby a cone made of corrugated cardboard would be scrutinized by a video camera looking for the point of view that would transform the scale of the cardboard cone into a large, empty corridor. In a corner a few wooden boards have been cut, sanded, and screwed together forming a vertical frame to hold a sheet of glass ready for Pepper's ghost. And there books lying on the floor: a small book of poems by Kay Ryan, a textbook on modern physics, a history of matte paintings, a collection of Jorge Luis Borges stories. And what is that? A TI-81 graphing calculator?
|Bits and pieces coalescing into "Latecomers to the Universe".|
As with my thesis show, I am crafting my written documentation by working on many chapters at one time. I hope that something good will come together by the deadline on May 4.