I have been sitting in on Lee Walton’s MFA graduate seminar this semester. The academic setting is something that I find to be stimulating and engaging. I miss school.
A few weeks ago in class we exchanged gifts. The gift had to help the recipient some way in their practice as an artist. Alice, with whom I have taken a class before, drew my name. My gift was a list of eight latitude/longitude coordinates. No real instructions. Just coordinates, which have been in my mind a lot since. Alice knows I am interested in place, and works describing or seeking to understand a given space.
I have decided to make a body of work, creating visual and written investigations of each coordinate, at each coordinate. I am uncertain of how the work will be brought together; I am anticipating that the process will bring to me logical next steps.
My parameters for myself are as follow:
- I will not make work at more than one coordinate in a single day
- I will not return to a coordinate to remake work; at least not for this piece
- At each site I will create a verbal 20 word description, a photogram, a pinhole, an environmental portrait, and a drawing or other single additional physical documentable response