I have been accepted to the Low Residency program @ AIB – the Art Institute of Boston. To pursue an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. I’ve had an image tacked to my refrigerator for over a yr, for focus-direction-intention, a faint grey street map of Kenmore Sq. with a star where AIB resides superimposed over a darker grey Charles River.
Never give up on your dreams!
I have been meaning to post since July… but now within this program I must keep an online journal and images of progress and more, so here is the first.
I completed the initial wave of BLUE paintings, for the application to AIB and simultaneously the show at ARTEFACT. I exhausted the first impulse of the blue reference, Klein “Blue” and now I will get down to the dirt. Is there more BLUE work on the horizon, yes I believe so, where ever I look I see blue, it may be the most common color of all. Taking in the sky and the sea, what is left ? the earth. I am still fixated on this color, I just may see the world in blue, through my blue eyes.
The work of the first semester is upon me, literally, today I am searching for a mentor. I get to choose, with approval. I have looked through 1/2 ++ dozen web sites and am not there yet, I am searching for a mentor to aid my expansion. You want someone who knows things you do not, who has been where you have not been and can be a direct, gracious, helpful ally. A mentor what luck ! it is just what I have need of, counsel & support for the work..
I am searching the sculptors today, for a mentor who could support a flow chart in my intrinsic need for tactile engagements, as it grounds my empirical nature. Having a bit of installation in my past, the AIB first semester objective includes materials beyond paint on a surface. Some of my favorite tools, implements and findings to use are: paint, glue, scissors, paper, tape, food, water, fabric, myriad natural ephemera: flowers, leaves, feathers, sticks, plus a pitch fork, books, magazines, the dictionary…The cultivation of installation experience in different venues has been: visual merchandising, window dressing, Feng Shui, and then actual installation pieces. [on site earth work, minimal projects in gallery settings] I’d like the new work @ AIB to go forth into new materials and multiply into a space. [ more on the installation projections coming soon]
Even as I say, “I am a painter” being self-taught in original impulse and swearing by it for liberty, being a mixed blood metaphysical worker, I have always eluded just that definition.