School has started once a again. Year two of graduate school is underway, and I am counting on this to be a fresh start. At the end of last semester, I had my annual review. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. Generally, I was told that I was forcing my work to fit my research. I agreed, but it kind of ruined the last few days of class.
But, certain things have a way of changing your perspective. Kymia Nawabi came and spoke at ECU just days before graduation. I've been a fan of her work since she was on Work of Art, but seeing her speak in person was eye opening. Some of the advice she gave the audience was particularly helpful to me and time appropriate. But the piece of advice that stood out the most was to embrace mixed media. So as I left the auditorium, I told myself that I would spend the rest of the summer planning and rethinking the direction that I wanted my work to go for my thesis.
And that's what I did. I spent a lot of time this summer researching and looking at the work of other artists. I even started experimenting with latex and sculpey started sampling with watercolors on fabric. I feel good about where I am with my work and I am ready to get started producing work again. I am also, fortunately, taking a media media metals class this semester.
To make sure that I keep myself on track, I am going to be obsessive about keeping a planner this year. In fact, I have two going right now! One is just for show entry opportunities and one is for everything else. I have also made a list of goals for myself that I plan to adhere to quite religiously. I will stay at school until at least three everyday to make sure I get as much work done in the studio as possible, complete at least five tasks a day, embrace mixed media, keep my planners, give myself 4 hours in the studio a week to work ONLY, and most importantly not take any crap from anyone.
Hopefully, this will be the best semester yet!