First Mailing complete

Every semester of grad school, we have to write 3 mailings. We choose our own research material with help from our faculty advisor and artist mentors. This third semester, I read Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.  I also looked at the artwork of Remedios Varo, a surrealist painter, Marnie Weber, and Francesca Woodsman.

I also watched Persona, a film by Ingmar Bergman, and I read about half of The Power of Feminist Art. I will finish that one during this mailing, along with Kaja Silverman’s The Subject of Semiotics. Silverman’s book is abstractly philosophical, not what I expected, but I am enjoying it. It is helpful, profound, and a nice compliment to Jung and Lacan.  

I am still thinking about the research for my third and last mailing. The faculty tell us to follow the investigation. I guess Foucalt is next. It is bittersweet to know I am nearing the end to the research. Next semester the process paper!

Thank you for following my art journey. If you have time, check my instagram here.

my best,

Emily

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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