Yesterday was my first day at Uni doing my Fine Art Masters degree. There are six of us, all women, a nice balance of experience. We are part of a larger group of Graphic Designers and Illustrators, who are all young enough to be my children! It was odd sitting in a class with them, and wonderful to see the diversity and enthusiasm of them all, it was exciting.
So now it’s real, this is what I am doing with the next year of my life. What an adventure!
There is a LOT of reading to do, but my daughter (a recent graduate) assures me I don’t have to read it all, which is good. I am out of practice!
I do have to prepare a paper and presentation on a research question for December and that is what my blog will be about for the foreseeable future I guess.
The most notable shift in thinking that I am going to have to make is from the concrete to the unsure. I am a scientist by training, there are facts and laws and rights and wrongs. My previous exam experience has involved learning a lot of facts and reciting a lot of essays. Yesterday the course leaders where stressing how art is about interpretation, the presentation I have to give is my opinion only. I have to decide how I interpret the question I’ve been given. There are no rights and wrongs, just arguments to carry the subject a long a little.
This is a big shift for me, but I think I like it!
This week will be about reading around the subject a little – I have to think about what subversion in art means to me……
I’m off to the library 🙂
[Loved these reflections on the kitchen worktop just now!]