It’s been incredibly too long since my last update… lots of new and exciting things are on the horizon. New year/semester in grad school, new apartment, new ideas, new projects, and new friends. Plus a few art openings (First Fridays, etc.) to see.
Art shows I’ve been to recently:
“Invisible Friends” Geoffrey Todd Smith and Matt Irie, Northeastern Illinois University Gallery (curated by my lovely cousin Heather)
“Weird Dude Energy” at Heaven Gallery, Chicago
SAIC’s MFA show… I rolled my eyes at a lot of the work, but there were a few goodies:
This past summer, besides working as a camp counselor (for the third year in a row) which I LOVE, I also started my new body of work. Inspired by dreams, I started working in Sculpey polymer clay, bringing figures from my dreams to life. This semester I am going to be filming short stop-motion animation vignettes, featuring puppets made from plasticine clay.
I did a ton of research this summer about stop-motion animation, and built my own studio with lighting:
I even made my own camera dolly (I saw a few tutorials online/YouTube)
I also built custom wooden workhorses
The Graduate Arts Association (GAA) hosted its annual show this past Thursday night, and I had the pleasure of displaying some of my figures I made over the summer. I loved seeing/hearing the reaction to my figures, especially the delighted face of a young girl and a few undergrads who wrote about my work in their sketchbooks. I also had a lengthy conversation with an undergrad who thought my piece “added new meaning to a pop culture icon.”
By the way things are going so far, I can tell it’s going to be an exciting new semester!