How did VCFA change your approach to thinking about your studio practice and your community at home?
The program required me to prioritize working in the studio daily (not just when I needed to complete something or when I had an idea to execute). But time in the studio also includes reading, writing, looking at art, or just walking and thinking. Practically speaking, VCFA forced me to become organized in all aspects of my studio practice. I have had to develop systems to capture ideas, artists and works of note, and other research materials.
My studio practice has become much more rigorous, meaning that the connections between my medium, form, and content have sharpened, and I think I now understand how these elements operate to express an idea through a visual language.
I have discovered that my thinking is linked to moving my hands or body. My thinking seems to happen when I am in the early stages of making, or as my A-M this Semester noted, “letting loose.”
As for my community, New Haven has a growing art community, where social practice is at the forefront. I am excited to get more involved in the community once my MFA is completed.