February is always a really crazy month. I have not been able to keep track or keep up with what has been going on. There is a lot of focus on next year at the moment which is intimidating and I keep finding myself helping other people or just not getting anything done on studio days. It always takes me a really long time to get a new enough idea after one project is done. It feels like I've been making a lot of work, but I really haven't. We have missed a ton of school and a ton of class and school itself is really stressful at the moment which means I am exhausted and thus creatively drained. I also don't have a working camera that I can bring to class every day, so I can't take process shots. (Sorry Coach, I think about it and realize I can't every class, I promise). During our studio days I have started and been unhappy with three different projects until I started an ambitious new one two weeks ago and now I have to finish it for next Tuesday I think.... I am recreating nude figure I drew with thread. The main commentary on my last critique was that my more anatomical pieces were too disconnected and I need to bring back the expressiveness that I usually have. I can't decide if I like how it looks yet, but I have to stick with it and finish it so I have something I can turn in. That is one of the hardest parts of this class. I abandon and redo sketchbook pages all the time. I abandon ideas and projects constantly but if I put a lot of work and time into a piece I hate, I have to finish it or else I will have nothing to turn in and I'll get a bad grade. I hate grades. They are numbers that judge someone's value and that is not okay. Sewing is really painful. Also, writing an artist statement is really hard. Feeling productive on studio days is also really hard. I have had a really rough week and this weekend I need to mindlessly work on something that I wish I were more excited about which makes me kind of sad. I hope it turns out well as a whole.
"The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue pr. oduces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism's skeletal remains."
Caitlin T McCormack is a Philadelphia based artist who does really incredible sculptures. I immediately noticed all the similarities in her work and mine. I work with thread and she works with yarns and string and crochets them together and/or uses glue to sculpt them. There is a lot of overlap in our use of materials. Her pieces also have a very scientific quality to them, which has been really attractive to me. I think she is very successful in making deceptive pieces in that when you first glance at them, it looks like an animal skeleton, but in fact, she made it and manipulated the materials with her hands. I try to surprise the viewer in a way, with my use of materials. I think we both have a fascination with bones and those are motifs in her work as well as in mine. I am extremely impressed by her pieces. I think that sculpture might be something I should explore because it can be so powerful. I am really inspired by her work and I may want to even experiment with similar techniques
I adore her work and think it is so creative and inspiring. I can see her pieces influencing me a lot.
Check out more of her work here:
and she has an adorable blog:
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.