Week 3 at Uni has been a roller coaster. Below I will detail some of the work I have been doing, but the week was notable in a couple of ways.
My head is going off in all directions, I have so much reading I want to do, a pile of books from the library, a pile of books I have bought on Amazon and no idea when I am going to get to read them!
On Wednesday, on my way into college I had a disaster when a drink I was carrying opened and spilled over all my stuff. Everything. It was a fruit smoothie, so the mess was incredible. I couldn’t go to the library and all my art things for my life drawing class were coated, it was horrendous. So I did what any self respecting woman does, I phoned my husband (who works a mile away) in tears and we met at his workplace and with the aid of a lot of kitchen roll, managed to clean everything up sufficiently for me to continue with my day. But I was shaken up and later on I cut my knuckle badly (=blood everywhere) and just before bed sort of dislocated my finger which was so painful I found it hard to compute that the finger hadn’t fallen off! Luckily it sorted itself out on Thursday morning. And now I have a chest infection.
So that was the lows. The highs are better:
On Tuesday I was asked if I could exhibit five of my zen / mindful photographs at an exhibition this weekend in Fareham – it was a rush to frame them, but I have them ready to deliver this morning and they look great. Very excited about that.
On Friday I heard that I had been awarded the commission I was working on last week. I was bowled over, I had to get my husband to read the email just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating! I will be exhibiting 18 of my street photographs in Portsmouth Guildhall for 3 months from November. Huge. By far the biggest thing I have ever done.
And my daughter got a job in London yesterday!
So on balance, the highs outweigh the lows 🙂
Subversion research project
We spent some of Tuesday discussing our research question and by chance the group I was in chose to discuss the subversion one. It was interesting talking to graphic designers about subversion, as in their area it is far more subtle. In fact I hadn’t considered subversion to be subtle before, I was focusing more on the outrageous end of the spectrum. I have done a lot of reading about different artists this week (Banksy, Picasso, Jann Haworth, Martha Rosler…) in fact I cannot think of an artist who is not subversive – and from that I draw my main conclusion, all art is subversive. It has to be. Art should challenge people’s ideas, make them think, it should move a debate forward, it should do something. And that is subversive.
I have also been reading about creativity and found an interesting article by Rudolf Arnheim which includes the ideas of many notable people including Freud and Jung. I haven’t absorbed it yet, but at first skim it was very interesting and relevant.
We started looking at our personal project this week, the one which we will exhibit in a years time. As a group we discussed our ideas and I realised that although mine were fully formed in my head (and I believe a good idea) I was not very good at explaining them. I need to find the words to describe what I intend to do. We also looked at the proposal document that we need to produce by January. At first glance it is a huge project, but once we had gone through the document and seem some (very interesting) examples, it demystified it somewhat and it seems more manageable now. I enjoyed reading a couple of previous proposals because the subject matter was close to mine – development / psychology / neuroscience. I revisited the works of Claude Steiner this week, as some of his theories about love are very relevant to my ideas. I watched this video about warm fuzzies again – poor quality sound unfortunately but a great story:
I am really enjoying life drawing I have started to work bigger and in charcoal, this is one of this weeks efforts. A fair way to go but he looks human and that’s good enough for me!
In my general pottering about this week I came across these two wonderful projects – love them both!
Thomson & Craighead – visual / digital artists – a lot of inspiration here!
Interesting article about the development path of the artist photographer: An Eightfold Path Toward Self-Discovery
Phew! A tiring week!