Reflection on a Rainy Day

The title is so cliche, I know. However, on this rainy day I find myself looking back and wondering where the hell the last couple months went? It’s hard to believe that I’ve been living in Columbus since August and I feel like I’m still on my first day. I went back home to northwest Ohio for Thanksgiving break for some needed R&R and it made me realize how much I still love the country life. Mind you, after seeing how this election has gone, I can safely say that I will never live in my hometown again; but, I do enjoy the stillness of living amongst cornfields.

My art has evolved so much this semester as well. Though I’m quite obsessive with my process, I’ve been trying to allow my art to transform and shift freely. I go into each piece with no set finished product, and I let the materials decide if they want to work or not. By giving up some of my old habits my work has grown beyond what I could have imagined, and I’m excited to see what comes in the future. These next 3 weeks are going to be madness incarnate, but I’m diving into it with a calm and collected head.

Que Sera, Sera.

Prompt: The Future is Upon Us

Even though we don’t have to technically do these prompts every week, it seems to be already ingrained into my weekly routine so what’s the harm. For this weeks prompt lets talk about the future. You know, the one where giant robots take over the world and humans are eradicated. Seems legit, but what about the artist? Turns out robots love art so we are spared.

robot-invasion

Since we have the future to look forward to, what challenges will we face? To be honest, I feel it’s impossible for us to know; especially 5 – 10 years in the future. You think about how much technology has changed over the last 10 years. No more dial-up internet, no more flip phones (well except for mine), and social media has exploded. For all we know, 10 years down the road we very well could be under the domination of robots, it’s that plausible now a days.

I’m sure archival art supplies will still cost an arm and a leg, making frames by hand will still be a pain, and the internet will still disconnect when you’re in the middle of something important. With the future being such a mystery, at least there is one thing that we know for certain will happen: everything will be chrome.

 

 

Prompt: Every Piece is a Stepping Stone

When it comes to this week’s prompt I thought it would be nice to dig through some of my many flash-drives and pull up some work of mine that I personally feel were not fulfilling. When I started my undergrad I was quite a stubborn student; strictly working with black ink on canvas board. I hated to use color, painting was a pain, and sculpture held no interest for me. What I did love though was drawing.

I would spend hours every day drawing; not necessarily for the content of the piece, but for the lines themselves. I was obsessed with bold lines, making each one absolutely perfect. While my drawings did garner attention, getting into a couple shows here and there, it was exhausting for me mentally. It was getting to the point where I would spend upwards of 5-8 hours working on one single line. I wasn’t enjoying making art anymore. It was becoming a chore more than anything. Due to this, my message was being lost, and the pieces were becoming hollow; almost like drawing coloring books.

Notice how at the beginning of this post I put that the pieces were unfulfilling, not unsuccessful. I try not to view work based on good or bad, because in the end even the “worst” piece ends up being a crucial stepping stone for something greater to follow. So for that, every piece becomes¬†important. While my drawings fell flat by themselves, they eventually led to new processes such as laser cut collages as well as installations. Moral of the story: the most important part about creating art is that you have to have fun.

 

Prompt: Watch Your Step

 

For this week’s prompt we are suppose to upload a couple images from our sketchbook as well as a panorama of our studio. To be honest, I never do any kind of sketching when starting a new piece. For me personally, I feel sketching is too much of a burden and it forces me to stick to a particular path. By doing so, I miss out on possible ideas that may spring up during the process of making the piece. I like to stay loose and never have a set “finished product” in mind. May not work for some, but it works for me.

As far as the panorama, it turns out that Nikon’s new D3400 had the panorama feature removed from its camera effects; go figure. So I included an aerial shot and side view of my studio space. My home away from home.

Lastly, to answer any questions as to why there is so much cardboard on my studio floor, I have provided images of my current installation piece which is very much still in its infancy stage.