MFA adventures

My maiden installation at the ARK, Vermont College of Fine Arts.

I am still processing my residency. I have been home for a week and 3 days but my experience there is still swirling and spinning in my head. The critiques ( worried endlessly over) were constuctive. After landing in Nashville, I have been to one art crawl and the Frist. I have read 3 chapters in a book in my bibliography and doddled a couple of sketches.

Today I bought 3 canvases. I think my studio project will be a triptych. The canvases I purchased are 12×24 each. Not the scale I intend for my final piece, but, hopefully, a nice size for a smaller study.

As of this moment in time, I want to continue my technique (traditional oils in the style of the old masters) but on a larger scale than I’ve been working and with some changes in the placement of the objects. I want to make some changes to my subject matter. My goal is to continue with the still life studies and intimacy but arrange the subject matter in a cohesive yet surreal domestic arrangement. I would like to add a a few figurative bits into the work as well.

I have been studying Painting Now by Suzanne Hudson. And I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Frida Kahlo see portraits at the Frist. The Surrealists in the mist of war exhibit was great too (special place in my heart for Dali’s use of color and light), but I was the most moved by the murals of North Nashville. WOWsers! So powerful and well executed. I want MORE!

Here are some images from that exhibition space:

If you are in Nashville, please, go check out the entrance way of the Frist. You don’t even have to pay admission to see these magnificent pieces.

Below is a picture of me at VCFA. I am home but I left a piece of my heart in Vermont. Thank you for following my art journey.

Obligatory MFA Shot!
My best,
Emmy 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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