I had to go to Uni on Tuesday for my end of year review and to pick up the grade I had been given for the last module. I must say I wasn’t expecting the grade I got for this project as my other projects had only ever been given C’s. This last project, I got an A14 for it! I am so pleased with it! I think I’m more pleased with it because I went in to collect it without having any pre-conceived ideas of what I should be given grade wise. I was pleased with the feedback too, I knew that I needed to do more research into artists that had done something similar idea wise as I hadn’t looked at any other artists work for this module and how they would have approached the subject I was trying to convey. I was happy though, and so was my lecturer, that I had thought about how I was going to present my work and that I had made more models, simplified ones that I showed as a series, building upon each of them. I was also pleased that I had chosen names for them that were equations of how they are made up, it continued the scientific theme I had going on.
While there I got given my summer project which is in two parts. One is to visit an exhibition/show and write a review on it and the second is quite loose in terms of what we can do. The main brief of our summer project is to produce a body of work which can be on any theme/idea of our choice and is to be self led and driven. We can produce work that can be photographic/film/a book or whatever we choose so long as it is sympathetic to our chosen subject.
Now, I have already started a self driven project about circles that I posted my first images of here (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=694&action=edit ) but I’m unsure whether to use this project as my uni project or to do another project that I can run alongside the Circles one that I am currently undertaking. I sat and thought about other project ideas last night, (I won’t share the list just yet as I am still working out if I want to expand on the themes and choose one of them), I came up with 22, yep, 22, different themes I could and would like to do. What I’m not sure of , is whether these ideas can keep me going from now until october, work wise. With my Circles project, I don’t have a definitive timeline, I can continue it until I see fit, I can stop and re start it whenever I want as I’m doing it for myself but the uni project needs to be clear and concise and I need to have set ideas to follow and explore. I feel like I’ve been given this task to undertake and I’m just floating around on it. I will admit I’m a teeny tiny bit terrified of doing a project which has no boundaries or guidance, except for myself. Is my own judgement good enough? Can I produce a body of work that is not just visually pleasing but meaningful also? And can I keep it going all summer long?
There is really only one way to find out, and that is to do it…if it goes wrong then at least I have tried.