This afternoon I had the pleasure of participating in critique discussion. These Monday meetings are a requirement of our MFA studies and an important component to the development of our individual practice. We are expected to offer constructive feedback, so that the artist might ask questions of themselves, the material choices they make, as well as the conceptual considerations they include or avoid. It's all a very polite dance, codified by the unspoken rules of institutions.
What seems to be missing from these conversations is the inclusion of the experienced- that thing that makes you want to get closer, connects you emotionally and allows for immersion into the fiction. In the throes of the academic we are encouraged to dissect art in such a way to reduce this feelingness, by justifying our aversion or attraction in terms of history, or codes of form and composition. I am convinced that as much as I enjoy discovery through research and highfalutin' dialogue, I believe art making is actually completed through responses that are beyond the intellectual. I hope I will continue to nurture the impulses that occur spontaneously, with or without a bibliography.
(Note to self: Focus on honesty in critiques. Continue to ask questions that reveal my own vulnerabilities.)
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