presentations and critiques
Every Friday morning I have a biology lab meeting; and at least once a semester every member of the lab has to present on their current research. As artist in residence in Dr. Ashley Seifert's lab, I usually treat my presentations as practice "artist talks". I presented this past Friday and have found it helpful in preparing for this weeks crit in Grad Seminar. As much as I hate sitting down and trying to write an artist statement (let's be real- everyone hates it) prepping for last Friday's presentation helped me get my thoughts organized for this week. I'm still hammering out the statement - and some of the work - so I'll post those things tomorrow.
However, in the studio this week, I have felt so very productive. Normally, I tend to work in 4 hour stints, but this week they have been 6 to 8 hour sessions. One reason, I think this is, is because I have multiple pieces going at the same time. They're all within the same series, they relate aesthetically and conceptually, but I don't think they all will be equally successful. (These days, successful correlates whether or not I think they could be in the MFA solo show next spring.)
Today, I worked for a solid 6 hours. I decided to call it a day when I thought I might be over-working a particular piece that I've been having trouble with. I'm eager to see how this piece looks when placed next to the others that are more towards completion. I like setting the end of my studio days up with something to look forward to the next day. Usually this means, waiting for a piece to dry; however, tomorrow I'm looking forward to just seeing how it relates to the other pieces in the series.
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I am a contemporary artist focused on the intersection of art and science in Lexington, KY.