okay!!! So many things happened this week. I'll use these pictures as my guide and I'll write about each thing I did.
Last Sunday, I went to Crazy Wisdom Tea Room with Nathan and we did our homework. I had a yummy chamomile tea that was supposed to be good for my throat chakra... It hasn't worked yet.
On Monday, we took the class field trip to the Wet Lab. I felt simultaneously inspired and spooked as we walked through the stacks of dead animals in jars. I would love to go back with a more clearly related artistic goal in mind because I do think that place could be very helpful to someone like Zach, with a project that could benefit from that kind of intense imagery.
On Tuesday, Call Your Mom worked with our videographer Matt to complete all the collaborative embroidery videos for projections. It took a long time. We had to start over once and we definitely got stressed every once in a while, but we got them all done. I think everyone is happy with how they came out. We practiced back projecting them onto the cloth on the boxes and realized that the images needed to be mirrored. We found two fixes to the issue. 1. Flip the image on Final Cut and export again or 2. Flip the image on the projector (There is a rear projection setting). Problem solving feels so adult! Wahoo! I'm getting very excited about the quilt room.
On Wednesday, Charles came to class. Emma was sick, but Mia and I got to talk to him and Holly about our installation. I felt a new surge of excitement about the immersive quality of it all. Charles has made similar work and had many suggestions for how to anticipate/plan for audience participation (or lack thereof). I like the idea of only having 5-10 people in one place at a time. We REALLY need to figure out our ticketing system. That's next on the list. Holly talked us through her change in opinion about ways to cover the things in the house that we don't want to be seen. We landed on a combination of sheets, cardboard boxes, and possibly silhouetted outlines in the shapes of the objects? We want to achieve the visual tension between momentum and stillness that comes across in a house that is being moved into or out of. I'm eager/anxious to talk to Holly and Howard about the nest. We had planned to meet this week, but some other things got in the way. I still feel excited about the nest and its potential, but I want to understand where they are with the concept.
I also started babysitting on Wednesday night. I'll be babysitting overnight until Saturday afternoon. It's kind of fun, but kind of stressful. I feel like babysitting is something I am extremely good at, but it isn't really something I can get paid for in life. So that sucks.
On Thursday, I made the first state of an Intaglio print that I am super happy with. I wish I had taken a photo of it to post. I'll take one on Tuesday. I have a lot of printmaking and sewing homework and thesis things keep getting in the way of my productivity for those classes.
On Friday, I felt really sick. I didn't do much but babysit. I did go to Karate with Amani though. That was fun. I liked the synchronization of the black belts. It felt performative for sure, but I didn't quite understand what it all meant. I like the respect and the systems of seniority in Karate.
I also (finally) completed the application for a really cool job for next year with the Michigan College Admissions Corps. I hope I get it! It's a good opportunity to influence positive educational change within my own community. I had a fun time answering the application essay questions.
What else? (That's what my mom says when we are on the phone and we run out of things to talk about... #callyourmom)
Household is a month from TODAY!!!! Let's get it together. It's going to fly by and it's gonna be flyyyyy.
The Juried Undergrad Exhibition opens this coming week! We are going to leave class on Monday to get in the new gallery and help them install our video! I'm very excited to see what everyone brings to the new gallery.
Our final critique for Anya's residency is on February 15th. We are working with Anya to get an appropriate panel together to discuss our work. Here's what we need to finish before that:
Photo documentation of nest with some yarn installed in the corner (almost done)
Sock wall (to be made during Sunday meeting 1-8pm)
Finish dryer sheet wall (Sunday, needs to be attached to the window screen and installed)
Embroidery boxes and quilt (almost done, re-rent projector from ECHO and finish quilt!)
We also applied for a super cool residency at the SPACE @ Ryder Farm in New York
Here's that application:
I LOVE COOL ART STUFF :) :) :)