Week 4 webinar 20.02.20
Last night I had my first webinar with Michelle. It was really interesting seeing lots of new students work that I hadn’t seen before. There were a couple of really great looking projects, I hadn’t seen before and it was great to get to see and give feedback on those, as well as ones I had already come across. I am finding it comes much more easily to me now to talk about other peoples work, and also to recommend artists and exhibitions that are relevant to a persons practice. I think this is a really important step in the process of the MA for me , as it is a type of knowledge that I just didn’t have when I first came to the course, and something I have sen changing within myself from when I first started in May.
There were I think 10 or 11 people in the webinar last night, and it lasted for nearly two hours, as I was the last person to present I didn’t get time for many people to give feedback on my work, however Michelle was really great in her feedback, she suggested she could see the project working well in both a fine art gallery, or a community gallery space, or as I am suggesting as well, in a book. She said that it is a project that is open to lots of different avenues and potentials for artistic consumption, and she did feel that for the travelling exhibition I wish to do, that it would work really well in community spaces because of the type of project it is. She also saw potential for getting it into newspapers or educational magazines.
Michelle posed the question am I looking to show this as a positive thing [home education], and commented on that the fact that the work is quite melancholic at the moment. I explained, I am not trying to portray home education as anything, anything other than real anyway. Our decision to home educate was the single best parenting decision we have ever made, and I am thankful everyday we both get to lead as parents, and get to give to our children, this amazing life, but at this particular moment in time, with A-levels and GCSE’S going on it is hard, really really hard, and yes melancholic . I am sad that our two older boys who were leading this wonderful life of the science lover doing science all day, following his own interests , getting lost in a sea of you tube science practicals, or doing practicals in his bedroom, is now confined to learning off a tick box of the things he needs to do each day. The same goes for my eldest, he is an artist that has no time to do art because he is spending all his waking days learning the content for his AS levels this year , where all he really wants to be doing is travelling the world and experiencing and creating art.
My images are melancholic not because home ed is hard, not because I would change anything, and definitely not because I struggle with our decision, but because ultimately, despite this radical choice, they have had to come back to the mainstream way of learning to be able to continue on their chosen life paths, and it breaks my heart for them that I don’t see the thriving and learning happening in the same meaningful and beautiful ways that it did when they were totally autonomous self directed learners, that didn’t have to stick to a system.
Michelle said that she found the still life shots really interesting in amongst the other images. She also said that she liked the way that the images were framed, that there was a “great sensitivity to what was in the frame and the use of light”, and that she could see how that could work in the different sections of a book.
She said that we would catch up at the portfolio reviews at the f2f, and recommended looking at Trish Morrisseys mother series, and how she positioned herself within the families in her series.