Visual Culture project

I did it. I submitted the proposal for my visual culture project for my first semester at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I am thrilled to finally begin this journey. I have wanted to work toward an MFA in Visual Art for so long, I can’t remember a time when the idea wasn’t bouncing around in my mind. My journey has begun…

Self actualization is a one of the six basic concepts that shape this Visual Art MFA program. I could talk at length about the value and implications of searching for self actualization but that’s for another post. I feel like I have found my home. I will be working with local artist, Vesna Pavlovic, for my first semester. Please take a look at her CV. Besides being an amazing artist she is also a professor in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. I get to go to her studio in less than a month.

I’ve already made a friend in my cohort. We spend more and more time chatting over dm’s about everything from different artists we love to how much coffee we drink. We’ve covered everything from use of mediums in painting to the use of air conditioning in various US locations. We’ve talked about the personality of artists and movies about gallery stereotypes. I can’t wait to meet in person continue discussing art and art making. I doubt any of us will get a lot of sleep during the residency. I know our conversations will be a valuable part of the MFA.

I am still solidifying exactly which paintings I will take for the critique portion of the residency. I would love feedback on which paintings to take. My plan is to show 4 experimental pieces.

These are the latest of the experimental pieces I think about taking…but I am also working on at least 2 more experimental things. I hope to get feedback from Vesna on which things to take for the critiques.

I greatly appreciate any feedback you have. Thanks again for following my art process.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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