plywood, 2ftx2ft, 2012
posts tagged "art"
‘parallel lines’ and closeup
graphite and collage on plywood, 12x24in, 2012
my feelings after four years in “studio art”
as i near the last semester of my last year of college, i’ve been thinking a lot about what art means to me. as a studio art major, i get quite lost in the visual. i mean a lot of things by that.
first, i have grown to live less materialistically. unfortunately, quality of artwork is not enough to surpass quantity, as we are graded on effort, which is seen as amount of production within studio art for the most part. i struggle with making myself “attached” to material objects, so immersing myself in my physical pieces is difficult as i try to transcend my own ideals, or even more difficult, as i try to make myself okay with being materialistic.
secondly, i am made of music and language these days. composing music and poetry have really taken a forefront in my life - i have taken many poetry classes but never a music class in school as the department is pretty intimidating and i entered pretty much knowing i would be doing studio art, as i originally wanted to become a professor, which leads me to -
thirdly, i am no longer really interested in existing within the walls of the “art world,” something that being a professor would entail. galleries, museums, shows, fame. i find museums wonderful and problematic at once - they decide what “good” “art” is, but they simultaneously educate and expose people to art they wouldn’t have seen. i find them equally oppressive and necessary, but not necessarily a place i would want my art to live. galleries are a similar duality, but the purchasing of art makes me even more uncomfortable (simply because owning things and money make me uncomfortable in general.) i believe mother nature is our best artist, and that this planet is a work of art in and of itself. but aside from that, since we human beings love to create, i believe more in public art is what it comes down to, and after almost four years of studio-art-majoring, i’m more interested in architecture and the sustainable remodeling of old buildings (along the lines of sustainable development, but less about more, and more about less.)
lastly, i believe my art is my life, as the poet Rilke writes. i can never translate my life to paper or wood or sculpture. i only try to create as an outlet, and that is why i am not disappointed with my choice of major and choice of path since i’ve been in college. i have found a way to create, hands on, hard working/carving pieces that touch on identity, environment, and many other thoughts. but in the end, i feel dissatisfied with my pieces being hung on walls without any context of author/artist. sure, they can stand on their own. but i would rather have a cup of tea with someone to discuss it than give a lecture.
in the end, i think i really began towards the right track when it comes to my drawing concentration within the studio art major this fall. i’ve been working with poems, text, collage, and plywood as a way to physically carve out what i want to express. as i take advanced photography in conjunction with advanced drawing next semester, i’ll be incorporating my own images into future pieces for my senior show, which will touch on my body, identity, transition, and de/construction of all of the above.
so while i find studio art to be problematic due to materialism, the “art world,” and a lack of context - i think i have come to terms with where i can coexist peacefully within the studio. it’s allright.
and with that, i will post some images of recent drawings!
some relief printmaking i’ve been workin on these days.
i’m digging it, this is only my second piece ever! excited to learn doing color ones in the next few weeks which should be rad.
i’ll post some of my advanced drawing stuff soon - the collages i’ve been working on for my senior thesis :]
i’ve been making things like these lately
my almost finished oil painting final of a vermont landscape.. it’s been a good end to a bad semester.
3 feet by 4 feet, my first ever on my own hand built and stretched canvas :]