I live in a dorm. By myself. This is the first time ever in my life that I have lived in a dorm. I'm 39. It's hilarious. And, it feels like camp. Art camp. Everyone lives here together. Some of us have private dorms and others of us have roommates. Just now I heard someone wheeling something down the hallway. It's midnight. Perhaps it was a keg.
My bed is the type that folds down out of the wall. I've always wanted a bed like that. I have a large kitchen and eating area, but the stove is down the hall in a common space. (Also hilarious.) I live on the 4th floor.
This program is so incredibly different than the last masters program I was in . . . For one, we have dinner parties where everyone can socialize and be together. I think in the past 4 weeks, we've had 5.
And being back in Baltimore, I get to see people I love a lot and used to hang out with . . . See Ms. Sarah above on the left? And on the right, a fun little get together in her backyard the first weekend I was back in town. It's so good to see old friends!
I also like seeing demonstrations, above. This was a photo transfer using hand sanitizer. So simple, and with textured and beautiful results. I'll post a tutorial soon!
I also love MICA's resources. Here are a few of us getting a tour of the Fibers Department. I ended up sitting in on a Fabric Dye Equations class and fell in love!! I have scheduled three full studio days in this department: one in the dye lab, one in the weaving loft (see below), and one day working with soy wax.
Check out these Japanese dying examples below: gorgeous.
My studio is located across the bridge from the main campus in the Bank Building (see above, left). Each student gets two--YES TWO--studio spaces. So I have one where I make stuff and another where I display stuff. They are conveniently located across the hall from each other. I love, love, love this arrangement. I chose my studio spaces on the lower level. The ceilings are higher and it's next door to the woodshop. Three cheers!
(Sometimes I look like this when I'm trying to figure out what to make . . . Luckily my stalling doesn't last long.)
Right outside my studio, it looks like this . . . Joe Squared is next door. A great little coffee shop is just down the street. A fabulous dive bar is across the bridge. And everything is within walking distance, which is awesome when you're carless!
One of my most favorite things about graduate school is learning about new artists. Artists who have been working and showing and teaching for years. Exciting artists who--in their mid-forties--are having shows at major museums: for the first time ever in their lives. It's exciting to see artists emerge after years of working hard and being in the studio! Have a listen to Jennie C. Jones below. She's amazing and I get to see her show at the Hirshhorn this weekend in DC.
The piece above is created by a team of artists called Tiny Circus who work with children. One of my professors turned me onto them today and I can't stop watching their amazing animations! I look forward to trying one of these types of projects with my students when I return to Singapore.
And look . . . There's this guy. Stu. We call him Stu.
Stu was found by my friend Suzy. In front of our studio building. He was in a cat carrier on top of a sculpture. It was midnight and someone just left him there. (Insert expletive here.) So we adopted him--all 37 of us. We keep him in Ash's studio, on the second floor near some big beautiful windows. (Ash is a painter from North Carolina.) Each of us visit him daily and make sure he has fun things to munch on and proper bedding. Nikki bought him a water bottle and gave him some wood chips. Suzy brought him lettuce, apples, and carrots. And I sliced up about 4 Singapore newspapers for him. Once rattled and shy, he's now quite happy and social!