The positive trajectory continues. The new studio is an incredible opening. I spent the first five weeks patching, painting, schlepping, and organizing, and all that prep evolved into the start of new work last weekend. I share some new pieces below.
I began reading and working with Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work, by Anne West; the book was edited by Katarina Weslien, who directed the Maine College of Art MFA program when I was there. Maysey introduced me to the book and let me carry it around when I was in Memphis; I've been waiting for the right time to dig in. I'm in. It is powerful.
On another note, starting in July I will be full-time faculty at LIM College, where I've been an adjunct since 2005. This development has several long stories behind it, but what matters here is this sea change at exactly the right time. I've not wanted an employer until now; now I have one. To enjoy stability in a community I know and love and that makes the right demands on me and gives the right things back is a game-changer. My semesters will be fuller than full, but my off-time will be plentiful. Residencies will be possible. I need to continue freelancing to make it work, and even more to keep the studio. I don't know how it will roll out, but what is rolling out is a keen awareness of a long-term change. My work at the College feels different, and surely my work outside the College feels different.
I don't want to say anything about these new pieces yet. The first piece is from last weekend (a dark cell phone shot), and the next four are from this weekend, in the order in which they were made.
|Wood, paint, fabric, thread|
About 6" x 3"
|Wood, paint; 2 3/8 x 3"|
Wood, paint; 5 x 1 1/2"
|Wood, paint; 2 3/8 x 1 1/2"|
|Wood, paint; 2 1/8 x 1"|