In the Art Education program at my university, your time is divided between studios and art theory courses. Art Ed is the perfect fit for me and I loved both of these aspects of my major. Creating art through exploring sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, fibers, drawing, painting, design, and metals was such an incredible way to learn about a variety of materials. As I got deeper into my studios I started to see some themes repeating throughout what I was most interested in, and was creating.
I started working with natural objects throughout the different disciplines, and I think that’s in part to the brain-crush I have on this dude:
This is Andy Goldsworthy, I could go on and on about why I love his work – so I’ll spare you. If you don’t know much about him I would definitely recommend looking him up.
Being surrounded by plants, flowers, running water, that kind of thing – naturally takes me to another place. It’s this mash up of being calming, exciting, and leaving me awestruck. How Goldsworthy takes that environment that already stirs something inside me, and again creates a space that surprises you, makes you think, and is so beautiful is something that I really admire.
So. I got kind of stuck on utilizing organic objects. But, I also kind of got stuck on aiming to create an environment with my work.
I think that this is a really interesting connecting point between two main components of my major. The thing I’ve been most interested in throughout my research and time with students is how to foster an inspiring, safe, positive classroom environment.
When it came time for my BFA Thesis Exhibition, I feel that the work I produced tended to both of those interests. I created an environment. Something that I want to do for my audience, but also for my students.
I created an 8’x8’x8’ installation of dried flowers, ferns, garlands made from plants, trees, and trellises. Beneath the hanging structure was a bed inviting you to step into the work and interact with it in a new way.
Checking Thesis off my to-do list had been looming over me for some time, but I am so happy with how the show as a whole turned out. And I got to exhibit with some great friends and artists. These ladies have been through it all with me and finishing up big milestones together couldn’t have been any better. Up next – student teaching.