I have reached the halfway point of my first semester in graduate school and I am exhausted. I knew this was going to be challenging, but I have yet to strike any kind of balance. Reading, writing, working, sculpting...sprinkled with a little bit of sleeping and eating here and there. The work in the studio is slow. I've been trying to push myself to achieve a level of realism with the work that I have not attempted before. I am enjoying the process immensely, but, due to the time it takes to render in such detail, I feel very behind.
My colleagues are incredible. The studio dynamic is positive and energetic. Everyone is very hard working. Kelly Stevenson is in her third year, Ty Nicholson is in his second, and Michelle Laxalt is my wingman in her first year with me. They, along with the other studio grads, have easily been one of the greatest things about this experience so far.
I am very pleased to share some images of a recent trip to New York City, where Joe was an invited to participate in Art In Odd Places, Manhattan. He was one of 62 artists from all over the country that spent the weekend performing along 14th Street. Hyperallergic magazine actually wrote an article about the show. Check it out here! As you can see in the photo below, I was the official documentarian.
However, I had business in the city of my own. After months of work, I was finally able to deliver my commission to the Meany Family. The sculpture is of the six Meany children sitting on a log. Many thanks to Jeff for his support and patience!