I am at my happiest when I am in a studio environment surrounded by other creatives. I am relaxed and present and contemplative. It's really the only time I feel like I can totally be myself, and that's probably why I enjoy academia so much.
Being a part of this graduate program at MICA has been nothing short of exciting and invigorating. It's awakened things in me that have been a little dead-ish for the past several years. I've enjoyed most of my adult life, living and working as a full time artist. But things were beginning to feel a bit repetitive and this graduate program is helping to jolt me forward just a bit.
We did so many things this summer, it's almost crazy for me to try and write about everything in one blog post. But I'm going to . . .
We took a field trip to the countryside. I needed to be outside. Living in Singapore has left me really yearning for the great outdoors. I miss open fields and space--real live space!
We danced. DANCED!! Miguel's dad teaches salsa and miranga classes in Las Vegas. So when he came to see Miguel's thesis talk, he spent an evening teaching a small group of us. It was an absolute blast!
A group of us went to 4 Hours of Funk at one of the clubs across the street from the Studio Center. Seriously: it was the most packed club I have ever been to and completely worth it. So. Much. Fun.
And finally, the end of summer graduation party . . . So much dancing and socializing and goodness packed into what seemed to be a very quick, wine-and-beer-infused 5 hours!
We conversed. We ate together. We ran errands together. We went to a baseball game together and watched the Baltimore Orioles completely annihilate the Texas Rangers. We talked to each other almost daily after a full day of studio and work, sitting around tables on our dorm patio. We talked about everything. It felt like a family, a creative community.
We made things. All different types of things. And then we critiqued and polished and analysed those things. Then we made more things.