In January, I began the journey, starting in the MFA program at Lesley University. The program commenced with a 10-day residency, filled with critiques, lectures, artist talks and more critiques! Comments, themes and things to consider discussed about my work included:
Suggestions for the ensuing semester of work emphasized experimentation, painting, drawing, and experimenting with varied materials, sizes, approaches and tools. I was encouraged to look at ambiguous compositions, activating space, painting what has not been painted, looking at interstitial moments, sticking with small paintings, painting larger, closer cropping, avoiding classically defined motifs and focusing on subjects that have not been painted, zooming in to find the abstraction, drawing with charcoal.
These varied suggestions have been floating around in my head since the residency, some days feeling more confusing than helpful, other days feeling like I am moving in a direction; time will tell whether it is the right one!
This blog began around my journey through the wonderful MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design; I graduated in 2019. My work interrogates ideas around place: what makes a place feel like home, what gives comfort or discomfort. I am intrigued by long history of a place and questions of whose footsteps we follow and what can be learned from a place.