Submitted my artistic intent and research proposal for Art Senior Conference yesterday! But it didn’t just stop there. I was one of two who actually showed up for class, so Tracz decided to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to understand what I was trying to accomplish. And I admit that there is a lot going on in my series, but Tracz is a hard man to read most of the time (i.e. I can never tell if his amusement – his primary expression – is condescending or sincere, but I can always tell when he’s flustered). Seeing as how I am not even a declared major/minor and am taking the course for a quarter credit, I was pretty shaken when he let us out, only to realize that my first crit is next Wednesday! This should be interesting…
Ok, I admit I have been avoiding the blog just a little. But try as I might to convert my not-quite-thesis into legible blog posts, I just can’t do it. I’m too close to it, even still. I’m working on a couple ideas for further posting.
OH! and I may be submitting it to the AC research journal for publication!!!!!!!!! (!!!!!)
Additionally, much of my creative/photographic energy has, of late, been consumed by my two (!) photo-heavy art courses, Advanced Photography and Art Senior Conference. I’m currently writing my project proposal/intent for Conference and will post it when I have it completed. What I can say about it now, however, is that I am really passionate about the idea and the feedback I’ve gotten from other women has only furthered my dedication to the project. My prof, on the other hand, has been less than inspired when I’ve discussed it with him. Hopefully my statement will sway him and I’ll be permitted a Senior Show! *fingers crossed*
It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m finally settling back into campus life, but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to translate my Theatre/Photography essay to the blog.. In the state I turned it in, I think I rounded out, oh, twelve pages… Nobody wants a twelve page blog post. I’ll likely try to split it into digestible chunks. I should have plenty of quality time with my computer this weekend (#RAonduty) so you can expect something around then.
Currently working on: Sidewinder 2 – The Ecstasy of Gold as production photographer
(and other varied assistant-y parts – AND I have screen time!!!)
Up next: Zoo Story – lighting designer and theatrical photographer
Classes: Advanced Photography; Art Senior Seminar (!)
I know I have been writing a lot about my theatre/photography paper, which is still all-consuming, but today I get a reprieve! Today I present to the world my manifesto.
My professor never gave us a working definition of the Manifesto, so… Essentially, for the purposes of my senior seminar, the Manifesto is the debutante ball. It’s the declaration of oneself as artist to the world outside of Austin College.
Earlier in the semester, I had delusions of grandeur about what my manifesto could be. I wanted to stage a gallery show of my theatrical photography in our arena theatre. And with three weeks and no finals/holidays/RA issues/etc. to juggle, I would have. Then reality set in. I don’t have the time to stage a gallery – and even if I did, is that really the best indication of who I am as artist? I held on to that delusion til the last possible moment, collecting my old photographs, photographing a few of my fellow actors in a studio environment (which I had never done before!), and the like.
Then, last night, it all clicked. My manifesto certainly centers around the theatre and photography, but where do I really fit in? What piece was missing? Comfort Zones. Where am I comfortable as a photographer? Where am I comfortable as thespian? How do I take my insecurities in one field and transform them through the lens of the other? That’s really what it boils down to: I use my strengths in each field to give my work in the other field more depth. Having never done studio work and unsure of myself as a director, I selected strong actors as models – people I was comfortable having a dialogue with; a theatrical collaboration. By walking through headshots, audition monologues, basic acting warm-ups, and reliving past scene work, we created some beautiful photographs.
My presentation is this afternoon, so this evening I plan to upload the album, as well as my artist’s statement, to my many and varied platforms – flickr, facebook, google+, etc.
edit: the google+ album is currently up so please take a look!
Then it’s two full days of writing. about my two passions. so. pumped.
“Theatre is always a self-destructive art, and it is
always written on the wind.” – Peter Brook
Still working away at the draft of my paper. I love it, but I think, at this exact moment, I would love a nap more… Such is the nature of finals week. right now, I just need to translate my spoken arguments to paper. Next up: RA duty night tonight and studying for my music exam/writing concert reviews – with an American Horror Story study break thrown in for good measure.
Alas, I persist until the boys return with dinner.
I have reduced my life to a series of index cards…
My professor suggested weeks ago that we should take key quotes, ideas, phrases and write them on index cards to better visually arrange our paper. brilliant! This is exactly the system I wish I had before my senior year of college…
not that I would have used it I already have a better sense for the direction of this very big and very (seemingly) scary paper. Except now my life is overrun with index cards. Last night, during a very serious and formal ceremony, I was juggling up to six index cards at any given time – without pockets, tucking them in the waistband of my skirt, in my tights, in my friend’s back pocket, etc. – and two of them were duplicates of another two, except these were peppered with quotation marks. I really love this system for writing my paper, but like most things in which I live in excess, these little pieces of paper may be the death of me.
now, back to your regularly scheduled programming. and my unwritten paper.
Ok, bear with me, guys: I am currently scrambling to organize/draft the behemoth that is my seminar paper, which mean I may be peppering the blog with particularly relevant quotes or bits of my analysis in the coming hours/days… I have a smattering of index cards with quotes and notebooks full of musings, so this should be fun.
if anyone reads this in a timely fashion and cares to discuss, I am all for it.
now, off I go!