This semester is my first over at UT Tyler. I’m really enjoying the department and I am already learning a ton! It’s a little bit of an adjustment and it’s strange having to start over with my reputation, but its good for me. I’m only taking 12 hours this semester, Composition & Design, Degenerate Art, Beginning Sculpture and Advanced Ceramics. This semester is very much out of my comfort zone. I am definitely a 2D thinker so my brian is having to learn to function in more of a 3D way. It’s been challenging, but it’s definitely helping me grow!
Composition and Design
Comp and design takes the elements that you learn in 2D and 3D design and incorporates technology. It’s not the best name for the class, in fact I didn’t know what is actually was until after the first meeting, but I’m loving it! It might be my favorite class. We’ve been learning the ins and outs of Photoshop and for our first assignment we had to build a digital quilt using the program. The below photo on the left is my digital quilt. I went for a less traditional approach and am really happy with how it turned out, and it was done with only three photos. The photo on the right is the start of my second project. I’ll talk more about it when I get a little more done.
The next pictures are just my practicing layering in Photoshop. I’m having way to much fun!
Everyone in the class had to do a research presentation on a famous Digital Artist. I chose Korean artist Num June Paik. He was an avant-garde performance artist and sculptor who used music and any kind technology he could get his hands ons! I’m a huge fan, and can definitely see myself being influenced by his work in the years to come.
My art history for the semester is a really interesting class! Degenerate art focuses around a anti modern art propaganda exhibition the Nazis put on in 1937. There was so much about the Nazi party I didn’t know and a lot about the ideas of the time I didn’t know. It’s crazy that there was an actual job title called a racial hygienist! Also as much as I loved modern are before I love it even more! Dadaism has stolen my heart!
The only beginning level studio I didn’t take at TJC was beginning sculpture, so I’m getting it out of the way this semester. It’s been really interesting so far, definetly out of my comfort zone, but I’m learning a lot!
My first assignment had to involve wood, so I’ve been working on a frame that will have wire running from the top to bottom and then I’ll be weaving through the wire. This frame has been super challenging because of the crazy angles I pick. I had it almost finish with the frame and I was carrying it and dropped it and it broke into several pieces, so I’m having to reattach a lot of it. Long story shot this piece has been a struggle! And it has a long way to go……
The two photos are sand resin (I think thats what its called) molds to cast Aluminum in. The one on the left has been cast, I’m still waiting on the one on the right.
The photo below on the left are slides from my mom’s childhood. I’ve been playing around trying to figure something out with them, we will see where it goes. On the left is a box of piano keys I found out at the highway 80 sale for $1!!! How crazy is that?! I’ll be trying to start something with them next week.
I’ve spent the first part of the semester in ceramics trying to find what direction I want to go in, I’m still figuring that out but I’m getting closer!
The main thing I wanted to achieve for this semester was the wheel. Last semester I only got on the wheel about three times and I found it very frustrating. It’s something I really want to be able to do, so right now my professor has me in cylinder bootcamp. After weeks of failure I’m finally starting to get it! I still have a ways to go but I’m definitely getting closer.
These two both have blue slip on them, so after they are fired they will be blue. I was just playing around testing out stuff.
I had to do a research presentation of a ceramic process. I chose photo transfer. The process didn’t really work for me, maybe it was the ink? I don’t know.