Blog . Discovering new sensibilities at Yale Norfolk
I have never felt so enlightened to the purpose of my studio practice until experiencing this past week at Yale Norfolk. This week concluded the last week of instructed classes and the first week of studio visits. I have been spending a lot of time in and out of the studio, learning in the loosely structured academic setting and within the pleasant landscape of our campus. Many students, including myself, found that we had discovered a new sensibility to what art was and is meaning for us individually. I felt lost, dazzled, in my ability to identify so honesty with my history for producing the work that I had thought I was producing. I learned that I was not allowing myself to really see. To really look at what I was doing I had to allow myself to see what was actually happening within my work. I was blinded to my intentions on occasion when I was too attracted to the activity behind producing artwork.
My teachers have granted all students the opportunity to enter new venues for producing work. Thankfully I have taken my chances within the photography and printmaking courses to explore new expeditions into what I am interested in. I feel enlightened and as this feeling settles within me I am looking forward to the ‘midterm’ crit coming up this third week.
The midterm crit consists of all of the work we have produced in our photography and printmaking courses, accompanied by one drawing. Drawing is required to be a part of the works we are making while at Yale Norfolk. I am very happy with this requirement; it has been a long time since I have picked up a pencil to draw for the sake of drawing. I am looking forward to where I end up from this week. It is unbelievable that I am already halfway through the program. Two weeks in and I can feel the change.