The dreaded first critique of graduate school is officially over! I had spent the whole last year talking to people about graduate schools and grad critiques. I'd often hear things like, "They're pretty brutal," or "I know several people who cried during their critique." This kind of sentiment had me mentally preparing myself for the worst. I felt like I was sharpening the blades of intent to prepare for a battle of the minds in defending my work. Although I was asked some challenging questions, I certainly didn't feel personally attacked or wounded.
I presented three different works: a figurative sculpture, slip-cast bat embryos, and a video. All works are in progress. Above and below you can see images of the figurative piece, How Was Your Day? With this work I am interested in exploring human relationships, communication, and distraction. More writing and reflection will come once the piece is complete.
The slip-cast bat embryos were created in response to Carl Jung's writing on the shadow. According to Jung, the shadow represents an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. Because one tends to reject or remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one's personality, the shadow is largely negative.
A seven piece mold was used to create these five pieces. However there will be many more molds and many more bats used in the final piece. I will post a mold-making video in the near future for those of you that are interested in this process.
Many thanks to those of you who have given me feedback in-person and online. Please feel free to share your questions or comments below. It's good practice for me to confront and talk about these issues in any way that I can.
I would also like to give a huge thanks to Georgia State University for recognizing me as their first Scholar of Distinction. This was an incredible surprise and honor that was awarded on the strength of my portfolio. I am humbled.
I am also pleased to say that my two studio mates, Kelly Stevenson and Michelle Laxalt, will be joining me at the 2015 NCECA Student Juried Exhibition in Providence, RI. There we will represent 10% of the 30 chosen ceramic graduate students from all across the country. We are thrilled and look forward to seeing you all this March for NCECA at RISD! Cheers!