This week I’m just sharing my research that I have been doing it says printmaking at the top but this is research for my BFA in general. I’m trying to figure out what a want to pursue as far as a single body of work. COVID situation and the hospitalization and deaths around it have brought up a lot of family health issues. So I thought that maybe focusing on this and kind of working through my fear surrounding death and hospitalization with my art might be a good thing to research and dive into. This research revolves around my brother and the many surgeries that he has endured since birth. I think I’ll make quite a few prints about this topic but I’d also like to use ceramics to dive deeper into the suffering that my brother went through but also my parents as well. My other projects going well I just forgot to take pictures this week.
So we started school back up this fall. It’s a lot different this semester, we’re taking a lot of precautions to keep everyone safe. This week we also got assigned the Invent Your Own project. I decided to create a self portrait project. I decided to do Sam’s project which was rolling three catagoried dice and creating something using what was rolled. I got Spain, pink, and the roaring 20s. I decided to create a matador flapper. I’m also wanting to sculpt figures of different races and ethnicities so I decided to print off inspiration/reference photos of African and African American women and try sculpting that in this first project as well.
I’ve been hella lazy this past week. I finished up all of my ceramics videos this week. I also worked on my project for drawing. It’s supposed to be a collage of intimate moments between lovers. There are no faces to emphasize the point of how two lovers become one and are hard to distinguish between the two. The whole piece will be 18 by 24 inches. As of Monday night when I right this earlier in the day we had a zoom meeting with the ceramics crew. It was nice seeing everybody. I miss everyone so much. We have new post baccs starting in the fall and I can’t wait to here what study I may have gotten for the fall. I don’t know if I’ll be able to move things in over the summer but we will see. It’s been a great spring semester despite all the corona virus. Another semester down 4ish more to go.
So this week I did quite a few of my videos for ceramics. I’ve been watching quite a lot of tv and videos while I quarantine. I watched a video on how many legal law suits Willy wonkas factory would accrue as well as the reparation he would have to pay out. Turns out it’s like close to 200 million dollars. Also I’ve been watching to much stuff on aliens. I’ve also been ready a lot of books on art history. I can’t wait to see people in later generations look at the art made during quarantine.
I want to first start off by saying I am so glade the 12th is past because if I have to find one more egg on animal crossing I’m going to rage. Now that my stop motion short film is done I can now clean up the horrid mess in the make shift studio at my boyfriend’s house. I also was working on my sculpture all this week. I’m very proud of myself when I compare this figure to the one I did in the fall semester. I still have a long ways to go but I’m definitely improving. My next projects are a proposal for digital, I drawing of a figure for well drawing, and continuing the glaze video and quizzes. I keep forgetting about the discussions. Also my own personal projects include researching armatures for not only sculpture but also stop motion characters. I want to continue to do stop motion.
So this week has been crazy. Despite all the precautions my work took someone caught covid 19. They called everyone that came in contact with that person but didn’t shut down work. Soooooo, I decided to take 2 weeks off just to be safe and make sure no new cases pop up. So while I’m off I’ll be able to easily get the glaze videos and quizzes done. I almost forgot about the Disscusion posts. I finished up my claymation short film and I’ve been playing animal crossing in my free time. I’ve also been meme search and sharing as you can tell from my photos. This theme will. Continue throughout the remainder of the semester.
So I’m right week 10 even though we didn’t have to because it was spring break. Unfortunately due to the corona virus spring break got extended an extra week and the rest of the semester will be only. I emailed my professors to see what was going on. Dates for projects got pushed back. Certain projects had to be modified, others completly canceled and even whole new ones added. This drawing of a possum (not mine but unfortunately I don’t know the owner) exemplifies how I’m feeling right now.
This week we found out that the school was closing for 2 weeks do to the corona virus. The studios would not be available to us so we had to get our work finished up and ready to be fired before the studios were locked up. I’m not sure what that spells for ceramics but Brian said we would figure it out. I’m a little stressed out but we will see. Also our last project was cancelled and Brian said we would probably have a research project instead. He is not sure yet.
This week we unloaded and cleaned the wood fire kiln. Everything turned out nicely. We did have a few things melt. Others cracked really bad. And we had some crunches. We also did a deep clean of the studio in preparation for workshops with Ben Carter and Kate Johnston. I made a bowl this week after Ben Carter suggested I do my mishama technique differently. Instead of cut the design into the clay and filling it with slip and cutting away I’m going to cut the design into the clay, bisque it, then fill it with underglaze and wipe away the excess underglaze. I also made test tiles this week in the hopes of making and testing glaze washes. I really liked the way they looked on Alma’s white body trees.
I realized that the torso piece that I created for the choose your own adventure wasn’t great and decided to restart. I created an armature for a bust of a woman I shall create. It will have fabric textures all over. I repurposed the clay from the torso onto the new bust. I hope to create some washes and use those on this piece. We are onloading the wood fire kiln this week as well. I also found out I could combine my ceramic and drawing class final projects into one.