Though I should be doing several other things right now, including packing up my jeep and at least grabbing a quick shower, it occurred to me that the mess on my desk was indicative of the quick changes I'm performing recently. I try to take in a lot of imagery from texts, galleries, instagrams, student work, graffiti, diagrams - it all gets shoved down into the semiconscious world of what drives me to make images. It is very inspiring to see artists posting their work, but today I want to share with you the humdrum and gear grinding that goes into making.
Getting to the point where I can create means that I have to participate in a lot of other activities first, including teaching. I've been really focused on the last few weeks of the semester, including grading papers and working on a final exam. It may seem monotonous to anyone who doesn't teach or doesn't like to teach, but it really gets me passionate and excited about the content, so I have to admit that I enjoy it, even if it cuts into my studio time. I'm also planning for this summer's round of printmaking classes at the Southwest School of Art, which I'm really looking forward to as the end of spring nears. I'm working on the application for the Intersecting Methods portfolio, and I'm also stuck to computer trying to get some work done for my ArtistLab residency. We have been working on organizing our financials, which will be a great help for next year's taxes. Finally, my Makerbot's extruder seems to have failed, so experiments are on hold until the replacement arrives. Though this is just a fact that I have to deal with, I can't help but feel sad about the hiccup in my workflow.
Thanks for reading about some of the things I do in order to make my work. I tend to spin a lot of plates.