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Acclimating

22 Dec

It has been one week since I arrived home from college and it feels as if my body and mind are still acclimating to the change in environment. For lack of better words my eating habits and general health have gone to hell in a handbasket. Two weeks ago my diet was so basic and non processed that it was never an issue digesting and feeling fully energized throughout the day. At the time it wouldn’t be uncommon to make a 7-8AM gym session, and spend 10 hours in the studio with one or two classes in between. Now I just feel disconcerted about allergies, sickness and anxiety. I swear if it were the middle ages I would have died before I reached the age of 20 with the immune system I was given. Wait, I’m pretty sure dying at twenty was average back then… But truthfully, prayer, healthy eating and routine workouts with my fellow brethren are three resolutions in mind.

Being at home has caused a noticeable downshift in the speed and quantity of the making process. Naturally,  the medium I’ve been working with lately is more traditional and less reliant on technology or certain tools. The outdoors usually lends itself to accessibility, subject matter and new ideas. One process in particular is the study of North American songbirds. Using a low-end camcorder with a basic macro video setting, I capture anything from chickadees, nuthatches and titmice inches away from the lens.

Many other art processes are still achievable without the luxury of university facilities. In the long-term an acid bath for steel, zinc and copper plate etchings are things I hope to acquire. More traditional and fully appropriate for the current setting is woodcuts. Also, as of  this week I’ve taken on a more crafty approach to woodworking combined with ink drawings. This methodology came about when I decided to create a simple animal puzzle out of an aromatic cedar board. This project is nearly completed and will end up being a Christmas present. Acrylic laminated coasters with pyrography, ink, and collage are three similar approaches that have sprouted and will certainly be expanded on in the future. I hope everyone reading has a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays.

Here is some footage of the songbirds along with documentation of the December 2011 BFA exhibition. Images were taken by Portia, Devin Henry and Katherine Head.

A break of sorts

15 Oct

Out of curiosity I have decided to test the waters of the blogging world. In time I will begin uploading work that is the result of senior video and print-making from this semester and last semester. Currently I am focusing on the construction and modification of a variety of frames, platforms and curiosities that will inevitably find their way into my show.

In regards to the show, the group of 6 or 7 and myself are all very excited to have the opportunity to be showing in the new McGee pavilion space that is now home to a student run gallery.

To get things started before my next post here is a taste of my video work from last semester. The piece explores the use of multiple environments that allow for an abstraction of sound, slow panning camera movement and a personal narrative. Overlays of the subjects voice converge with melodic piano tunes as she vocally and physically shares moments that are simply part of life. While such events may have not always been accurate on a daily/weekly basis, it is a personal reflection of sorts that had been preconceived by myself.