This week we started off our class by sharing some of our work with one another ! I thought it was super interesting to see how different everybody’s practice is, especially since a lot of my classmates study creative arts rather than fine art – meaning there were some examples of film and installation that I don’t tend to see in my other modules (:
The majority of this workshop was spent going over some lecture slides, which gave me a much better idea of the theme this term – site specific sound art ! It was nice to be introduced to some artists that I wouldn’t typically research myself, and to get some inspiration for our projects. I also particularly liked the concept of the difference between hearing and listening – I feel like it’s given me a new perspective on sound art, and it’ll be fun to explore (:
My tutorial on Monday was mostly spent brainstorming ideas for what I want out of this module ! I’d really like to use it as an opportunity to try new things, and I’d also love to find a way to incorporate writing into my project. We talked about this idea of ‘creative tapas,’ which I loved ! I think it might be a little difficult to find a way to turn it into a project that makes at least a bit of sense, but I’m looking forward to trying (:
After the tutorial, I wanted to get started on something practical ! In the spirit of trying something new, I went out and got some oil pastels – a medium I’ve never used before. As much as I absolutely hated the texture of them, I really enjoyed working with them (: I found it super tricky to get smaller details with them – which I thought would drive me insane because I usually love detailed drawing – but it was actually really nice to not stress too much about making something perfect !
I started off with a quick portrait just to experiment, and then I tried to include some elements of sound by illustrating a couple song lyrics from the background music I had on – which I had a lot of fun with ! (:
RESEARCH / DEVELOPMENT
This week I wanted to look at some writing to try and figure out what kind I want to incorporate into my project. I started off re-reading some Sylvia Plath poems because I absolutely love her writing – I’ve always really liked ‘Full Fathom Five’ – because I really relate to it, I think. I’d like the writing for my project to draw on lived experience so that I can connect to it emotionally ! I also looked at Anne Sexton – who Caitlin suggested ! She’s super similar to Plath and I really loved her poetry, I can’t believe I’d never heard of her before ! I like ‘The Kiss’ a lot (:
I wanted to give the writing thing a shot, to see whether or not it is something I’d like in my project. I was a little apprehensive about uploading them, because I tend to get really embarrassed about sharing work when it’s personal to me – but that’s a habit that I really want to break (: The first one is about a relationship that I really struggled with letting go of, inspired a little by the Plath and Sexton poetry I read ! I really like the idea of creating characters, which is kind of where I was going with the second one – it draws on my experience with being trans / coming out. I’m not too sure yet how I feel about them, but I think I’d at least like to keep experimenting a bit !