Independent artist Annette Heully hosted an art talk in the SET building of the Alfred State Campus on April 7th. Complete with a temporary art exhibit which had opened up
What she had presented during that time was work that mostly consisted of everyday materials pieced together in unique ways. Including one piece that she had put together specifically for the show made out of paper towels. I believe the proper term for the works she does is “weaving and textiles” which has a meaning behind. Like how she made a piece out yarn represents the sundowner wildfires around her house. I have even gone to a couple of her workshops after the show to see if there was more, and there were a few things that had come out of that.
She had expressed her belief that as an artist it is her job to respond to hard topics that many would not think to even approach. But you also need to understand what it is that you actually want to make before starting out on it. As a DMA student, I believe that it is a lesson that should be applied to all works. Both for class projects and for self-indulgence. There were a few personal projects of mine that I never finished because I didn’t have a clear vision on how the finished model would look like.
Also sometimes, mistakes can help shape a project more than something intentional. The idea of the spy from Team Fortress is an example of this. The lesson from that is to not immediately erase all mistakes since some of them can help out.
Applying both those lessons to both my work in DMA and to my personal endeavors would both see that I finish most of them, and make them as best as I can.