Since the fall I have been working hard preparing for my Senior show, in May, which will be culmination of my Studio Art career here at Middlebury. Its been quite the experience. I spent a lot of fall semester with “painter’s block”. Most people are more acquainted with “writer’s block” but both are equally frustrating especially when faced with deadlines. However, my professors were amazing. Just as friends comfort a friend who is stuck or feeling like they’ve lost their talent, the art department continued to lift my spirits and told me to keep pushing through. “Soon, I would find my groove” they assured. Finally, I got out of the rut during J-term and am in full swing. Man I feel good.
Let me tell you, nothing feels better than whipping out a painting with ease and satisfaction. My main focus had been graffiti which has shifted somewhat to compositions that focus on graphic art and lots of bold color–one of the two characteristics of graffiti I’m most drawn to.
This is just the beginning and I am excited to see else I come up with. I also cannot wait for the rest of the seniors final shows as well. We have all been working so hard and are all like a little family, living in Johnson together in our studios.
I was also asked to do a mural in Stewart Hall for Brainerd Commons. Crossing my fingers that project will begin soon too! Last year I worked with four other students to make a mural in Proctor Dining hall. Here’s the section I worked on…
This is the first mural to go up in a public place created solely by students. I, along with the rest of the art community hope that this mural is just the beginning of more student art around campus. Let the creative juices flow!
Viva el arte!