How did VCFA change your approach to thinking about your studio practice and your community at home?
The move to virtual learning and remote presentation shifted my whole perspective on the accessibility of my work. I questioned how my work would be seen or interacted with at every moment, I became exhausted with constant virtual communication, I craved human and artistic contact, I asked for extensions for the first time in my life, and I graduated during a pandemic.
Connecting my work to other artists in and outside the ceramic field has encouraged me to explore my craft and its grand possibilities. Contextualizing my work and process within larger phenomenologies and pedagogies has genuinely opened my mind, and I’m leaving with so many resources and texts to continue investigating.
My home community quickly became my only in person audience and were crucial test subjects for multiple semesters of planning and preparing a final exhibition. The final exhibition will only be viewed in person by my fellow grads and select faculty, sealing in how important my cohort was to my progress for the entire program. We had consistent studio visits and planning meetings, and shared intense and intellectually intimate experiences, only meeting in person during our first and last residencies.