1. How has your perspective about art changed throughout the process of organizing your own exhibition?
After Convergence, I’ve realized there is so much more to appreciate in an artist’s show. It’s not just about the art on the walls, but what the artist learned over the time it took to make that art. The past three years of art haven’t made me an amazing artist; they’ve just made me more aware of art, creativity, and aesthetics. They’ve made me see, appreciate, and understand art so much more, and that’s what really matters.
2. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do it over?
I made excuses to not bring three of my pieces into the show. Looking back, I now wish I had brought them. I think I was a little frantic throughout the whole process and didn’t think that through. I feel like I didn’t have enough art to show for the past three years of art I’ve experienced.
I would also have established a clear vision with Mariah for our show and outlined exactly we want to achieve. I think that because we didn’t have a high, over-reaching goal, our show wasn’t remarkable. We did what any show would do and didn’t go above and beyond.
3. If you had unlimited time and resources, what else would you have done to complete your show?
I would have finished the piece I’ve been working on since the beginning of the school year, made an installation, and gotten a mannequin for Slut. I would have gone the extra mile.
I like working insanely hard and bringing something to the table that knocks the socks off of everyone; if I don’t do that, I’m not satisfied. The show went well, but it was not ‘holy shit that’s crazy!’ and that’s simply not good enough for me. I did the minimum, and I avoided anything that would cause too much stress. I feel lazy and embarrassed.
4. What was the value of this experience for you?
I learned more about communication skills and teamwork skills. I can’t let my opinion get in the way all the time, and sometimes I need to push for my opinion a little more. Finding that balance is tough. It’s also important to establish a common vision; if not, projects won’t reach their full potential. Overall, this was a lesson for me on teamwork.
5. How could this process be enhanced for future Art 5 students?
I think the walls need to be sanded in the future, but I know that problem is already being settled. I also think that it’s important to make sure other students take their art home sooner; Mariah and I would have started preparing for our show sooner if there was less artwork in the halls and less installations on the main walls in the beginning of the art hallway. Otherwise I don’t see any improvements to be made. The talk we had in the beginning really outlined what Mariah and I needed to do, and that was very helpful.