Hi. I’m going to tell you a secret… I’ve totally been putting off (AKA avoiding) writing a post. Which is why it’s been two months. TWO MONTHS! Whoops.
By the time the semester was over (two weeks after my last post), I was completely brain dead, between thesis writing, grading my student’s work, final projects, etc. As such I never got a chance to write a post before my final reviews (which went pretty well, just in case you were curious), and then the joyous month of May came. This is actually probably a pretty good thing, because knowing me, I would have posted excerpts from my ridiculous thesis draft… *Shudder* Anyway, May is my favorite because there is literally NOTHING that I HAVE to do. There are always things I want to do, and probably should do, but no pressing deadlines, no anxiety inducing readings to complete, no meetings… So I kinda took a vacation… for the whole month of May. Whoops. I went camping with friends, spent entire days on the beach drinking, went hiking, cooked and baked up a storm, sat in my backyard reading… It was pretty swell.
But here’s the thing… I was in the studio a few hours (like max 4… Shhhh, don’t tell my faculty!) for most days, putzing around, but not actually doing much. I was also doing some seriously voracious reading. In fact in the month of May I read more books than I have in a long time, and they weren’t all for fun. Bet you can’t guess which ones were for fun and which were for research!
Aaaaand, on those camping trips, hiking expeditions, and beach days… I spent a lot of time filming somethings which one day I will post up here, as well as talking and thinking about my work/practice. But I kept avoiding writing a new post, because a) it had already been a long time, and b) that meant it was time to put my thoughts into words and to admit somethings. Also I’ve been having serious guilt/anxiety attacks about NOT being in the studio. And if I’m not in the studio, how could I justify spending time writing a blog post? But you know what? Not being in the studio has been the best thing ever for me lately. My month long vacation has allowed my brain to reset and I feel like I’m in a really good place. I’ve got tons of stuff I want to research, and a few ideas for work that I’m pretty excited about.
In any event, I’ve got somethings on tap for the rest of the summer, even though I haven’t started most of the things on my to do list, like start the job application/hunt process. *sigh* I should probably talk to one of my committee members about that soon. New posts soon with actual thoughts and art in them. Even though I’m back working at Lafayette full time this summer (which is awesome but exhausting), the next six weeks should be pretty productive. The husband got a residency for six weeks at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in upstate New York, and he’s leaving Wednesday. And everyone else that I hang out with is either going on vacation or moving away :(…. Sooooo, I’m on my own, which is a great excuse to lock myself into work mode and ignore the wider world. Love it!
Now, I need to go photograph those shoes of mine… Yes that’s still a thing. We’re on week 19. And I hate it.