Week one of fall 2019

This is officially the first last blog of a fall semester, this same thought stresses me out. To be honest, I’m still not 100% sure of what my work is going to end up dealing with. I know that I want to finally include more illustration within my works and remain a bit more sculptural. However, I keep bouncing between different ideas and I end up over thinking things. Like do I actually want to sculpt figurative forms or make functional sculpture combos? I just don’t know! Regardless, this is my plan as of now ish…

The what? First things first, subject matter. This is something that I somewhat struggle with mainly because I want to create work of things that matter to me. A long time ago, I wanted to create stories that revolves around Aztec mythology because I noticed stories revolving such mythology was scarce. It still is and it’s not as prevalent as Greek mythology, which I also love. I already have some reference materials and I plan on getting more.

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At the same time, I want to focus on environments (as I’ve always wanted to). How will I execute that? I’m still brainstorming.

Why this? I’ve always been interested in Aztec culture, and as I said before – there’s not a lot of modern material of their mythology and I would like to at least add something new. Also, I would be learning more about my culture the more I went into because I somewhat feel a disconnect with my culture since I grew up here. I’m honestly afraid that I’ll give up on this and shift gears, mainly because I don’t know if I’ll do a good job bringing my own interpretations. There are other factors that make me hesitant but I feel like I’m just overthinking.

How much??? I sure hope I can make enough work to have at a gallery! That being said, I know quantity will depend on size and other factors. I think one of the reasons I’m having a hard time deciding of what I’d like to do (sculpture/vessel wise) is because I keep thinking – how would this look in a gallery setting. I’m not sure if that’s good, it’s giving me an artist block so I just need to erase that thought for now. My motto is quality over quantity for sure, I just don’t want to have too little work.

Techniques! I know this is my last year however, there are quite a few things I want to try out! Short list is: flocking, resin, pooling glazes, ^6 maiolica (in a ^6 soda??), Elliot Kaysers colored shigaraki(?), and maybe big grogs in clay… this sounds like a lot, and I might not be able to get to all of these. I still have my whole life ahead of me. If I were to do more sculptural work, I would like to do a combination of a few of those things to add different textural elements. As far as techniques I’ll definitely be using, there will be hand building of course and I’ll probably either use colored slip or underglazes a lot. I would do maiolica but I’m not sure if that’s what I would want visually. Also since I plan to illustrate, I have this visual of having certain parts of the illustration to be “foggy” or indecipherable. Also I want to use shellac.

My goals?! My main goal is to create art that I feel is finally “it”. I know I tend to be a little all over the place sometimes but I’m trying to be cohesive. As far as school goals, there’s a planned outside campus exhibition so I really need to start setting my own deadlines so I can figure out exactly how to execute my ideas. Especially for my spring show with my luck I’ll be in the first group to go. So my goals are to be diligent in making work and work until I feel satisfied. I want to give myself time and room to make mistakes so that I can fix them in time before deadlines.

this was really long and I apologize for that, I also forgot to take pictures of what I worked on in my studio. I mainly practiced drawing/painting with colored slip on some slabs and some mugs. I also put some random Shakespeare quotes on them. Oh yeah, I’m making my own ceramic palette so I can easily mix colors later on!

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