As some of my readers may know, I am currently working on my senior thesis at Chapman University! I upload various information and updates here. They go in reverse chronological order (new updates will be on top). Please feel free to leave thoughts and critiques in the comments. Thanks!
Update #5: DONE!!
Hi all! Thanks so much for checking in on my thesis progress. I’ve finally finished and have some photographs of my work that I would like to share with you.
The title of my series is War Story, after the chapter “How To Tell A True War Story” from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Artists continue to tell true stories, whether or not the events they document ever happened. The titles of each piece were taken from that chapter as well.
And here are some pictures from the gallery opening on April 16th!
I’m glad to be on the other side of this immense project, but it was a blast and I had an amazing time getting to know my fellow artists Gunnar Rees, Martha Cowley, Jenny Draime, and Alex Blair. They will all be graduating this May, and I wish them the best of luck on their journeys into the real world!
Thanks to everyone for all the support, it’s greatly appreciated. Much love to all of you!
Show date: April 16-20. Show opening at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University on Monday, April 16th at 5:30 PM.
Update #4: More works, still in progress.
Hi everyone! Since my last update, I’ve gone through my class crit, as well as finished all of my underdrawings for my pieces. In fact, only one piece lacks color! At my current point, I’m estimating that all my pieces have 10 hours or less (a couple may only need an hour) until they are finished! That being said, I do have seven pieces, and only 35 days until my show opening!
I’m definitely feeling the pressure. However, here are my updates! All pieces are still unnamed, and all have been worked on since the last update (although it might be hard to tell for #1-#3).
Update #3: Works in progress
Hi everyone! I just wanted to share some of my works-in-progress (WIPs) with you. These are the three pieces I have that are farthest along. For now, they are untitled. I’ll work on that.
Update #2: Study paintings
These paintings were done to help work out a couple different ideas, as well as working through different layouts. They are not polished at all, as I am just working out color and how to use the medium (watercolor).
Update #1: Mission statement
This is not a project about nostalgia. This is a project about self-discovery, and self-recovery. The viewer experiences the twenty-year-old Jennie interacting with the 4 to 9-year-old versions of herself. It is turning the simple snapshot into a piece of fine art.
Through my senior exhibition, the pieces explore the idea of interacting with memories without being nostalgic. The photographs that were chosen are ones that trigger an important memory for the artist. They are then transcribed through watercolor onto a 22” x 30” sheet of paper. These “arrangements” change as the focus of each separate piece changes. Rather than painting the photographs separately and on their own, they will remain objects. By processing these objects through a third means, and one that is not photography, it further distances the photographs as memories, and they instead become part of a still life.