The first question almost everyone asks me is, “How is school going?”
Most people want the short version which usually includes, “It’s great, I love it. I’m making lots of work, meeting lots of new people and really enjoying the city.” And this is fine, but I always want to tell the long version which no one ever has time for. (Except my parents and Marc of course) So here’s the long version:
Going back to school is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Over my first two years, not only have I learned technical and theoretical art skills, but I have learned things about myself and abilities that I have which I never knew about. All which have boosted my confidence and helped me to grow as a person. But doing this exchange at CCS has been largely the best experience of my life so far.
First of all, the Faculty of Fine Art at CCS is small, none of my art classes have more than 12 students in them. So as an introvert, it is great for me because I can connect and feel comfortable in such a small group. I am not as afraid to voice my opinions and ask questions. Second, the teachers are excellent, they are so knowledgeable and interested in their students. And they are really interested in letting students explore and determine what their interests as artists are. My goal for this semester was to really explore and figure out the kind of art I want to make and what I want to say with it, and I am well on my way to doing that because I feel so comfortable to explore. There is no pressure if you fail, or make mistakes because they believe everything helps you learn. Third, I am actually learning practical skills of how to be a professional artist, such as how to submit work to galleries (and how not to), the relationship between galleries and artists, and what kind of day job you should have.
I feel like I have really started to connect with people here and I love that. At OCAD I just feel like another face in the crowd.
The piece I’ve shown above is for my Concept and Images class with my teacher Gilda Snowden, (She is a brilliant and prolific artist who has been working in Detroit for many years, check out her work if you have a minute) The premise of the course is to create, not just finished pieces but a whole body of work, exploring the whole process of creating.
I have been loving my time here and I can’t believe its already half way over.
I am trying just to stay in the moment and enjoy every minute while it lasts.