Here I am, back in school again. My first classes started on Monday. It is such a different perspective, coming back to school after being in the working world for over twenty years. It is refreshingly easy, compared to going to a job day after day. Here, my job is to learn, which I have been doing on my own for years now. My first semester is filled with basic art classes I need to complete before formally declaring my major in fine arts, an English class to complete one of my general education requirements, and a Pilates class, to keep me in shape.
My first class is Creative Process (Art 103), and our first assignment is a hypothetical art installation. We are to choose any location on campus, and design a piece in the medium of our choice for this imaginary commission. We do not have to worry about practical considerations, such as cost, engineering, or schedule, but we do need to present our projects, and need to provide drawings (sketches, elevations, front and side views, plot plans of the immediate area, etc.), photographs and/or models.
I am thinking about designing some kind of sculpture, so I started by jotting down a list of things I need to decide, such as location, theme, shape, and movement to give me a place to start. I rode my bike around part of the campus to look for possible sites for my work, and to look at the existing sculptures on campus to get ideas. Later today, I will take my camera and take pictures of some of the areas I am interested in to give me more ideas. I am also researching history of the university and of the area to give me ideas as to what my imaginary sculpture will look like.
Another idea I am playing around with is a mosaic. Like my sister, who is an amazing mosaic artist, I was deeply inspired by the incredible mosaics from the capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska, where we grew up. We used to go on school field trips there as children, and whenever I am in Lincoln, I make a point to visit the capitol building to revel in the amazing art and architecture it holds.
I have yet to come up with a theme for my work, but some possibilities are education (obviously), native history, or Idaho history. Once I spend some more time looking around campus, and decide on a location, the rest of the ideas will come together.
This is a fun first project, and I feel I have an advantage in how to approach it, as what we are being asked to do is the same process I go through when I design a piece of jewelry. I try to not be too rigid in the first stages of a design, but to let my thoughts flow. I will often look at pictures to get ideas for shape or color, but soon, my creative muse kicks in, and the design flows through my hands to create the image in my head. Sometimes I will have a complete idea, and will sketch it beforehand, and sometimes I only get a general glimpse, and the design shows itself to me as I go along.
I will share more on this project as it develops. Thanks for joining me on this journey. Until next time! ~Pippi
I have always loved making things with my hands. It has always amazed me that I am able to take an image in my mind and make it come into form. Like magic!
I will never have enough time to create all the wonderful things waiting to come to life from my imagination, but you can see a few of the lucky ones that actually get made here.
I hope they bring a bit of joy to your day!
Thanks for looking!