Do I work on one project at a time or several? Graduate school almost makes it impossible to work on one thing at a time. Although I may be working on several things at a time they all relate to one another. I work under the same body of work pretty consistently. I call my big concept my umbrella, and everything that I work on fits under the umbrella in some fashion. Its difficult when I'm in a class where technical skill requires a lot of practice and the work doesn't relate to my umbrella- once the technique is down, I have to kick into high gear to make a series of pieces that relate to the umbrella. Right now, I'm in an advanced non-silver photography class and I've had experiences with most of the processes but the ones that are new to me require a lot of work and practice to figure out. So, now that I have all the processes down, I can invest real time into making work with those processes that relate to my whole body of work. I really enjoy working in different mediums. I think I'll be a jack of all trades, master of none - one day.
Titles on the other hand are a love-hate relationship. Titles play an important role in helping the viewer understand the intentions of the work. TItles can also be a way of simply keeping track of the work with a numerical system. I'm torn on the subject. Its important to my work that the title key the viewer into something crucial to the work - mostly because most of my work is abstract in nature. However, I'm finding that very little people seem interested in titles anymore; especially some of the faculty that I work with in my program- so I'm deciding whether or not that will affect the way I title work while I'm here. I also get annoyed when titles are so poetic that it makes me want to barf a little. It doesn't have to be poetic, or profound, just informative in my opinion. I used to have more poetic titles when I was in undergrad but I've taken a step back from that a lot. Now I just give what I think is enough without giving it away. I don't think I'm mature enough in my career yet to make hard and fast decisions about titles. Its something that I think will continue to change for me.
My titles usually come from journaling about the work in my sketchbook. Words that commonly come up in when I think about the work normally make an appearance in the titles. And my working titles are often what I go with in the end- or at least some variation of the working title.
I was a bit late on my post this week. Last week was real busy seeing as it was the count down to spring break. Hopefully, I will be able to make more posts this week since I will be free to work in the studio all the time- uninterrupted.
At the least, check back in next Thursday.
NEXT WEEK: When you are contemplating your work, where and how do you sit or stand? How often do you clean your studio, and does that affect your work? DUE: MARCH 14TH
I am a contemporary artist focused on the intersection of art and science in Lexington, KY.