I have spent the last few weeks reading, thinking, writing, and drawing. After returning from the residency I spent some time just breathing and being before I tackled the residency summary. Listening to recorded critiques and writing out my thoughts gave some focus to my plan for this semester, but I also want to make sure to leave some room to see where each step leads me.
I started by buying and borrowing many books, the reading of which will guide the work I make this semester. I am equally as excited about the reading as I am about the work I am making, I hope that is not a bad thing. I started with Geoffrey Batchen's "Forget Me Not", Roland Barthe's "Camera Lucida", and Katharine Harmon's "You Are Here: Personal Geographies and other Maps of the Imagination" and have now moved on to "The Map as Art" (also by Katharine Harmon) and Rebecca Solnit's "A Field Guide to Getting Lost". I have many more books on my shelf for this semester, among them books on memory, maps, psycho-geography, and philosophy and I am excited to immerse myself in their knowledge.
One of the studio projects I am pursuing this semester will be animating my memory maps into time-based pieces. Lots of thinking and some research has led to an idea for how to start this and I spent a good portion of the snow storm we just enjoyed here in New England making drawings to use as negatives. Once I get a little further along in the process I will be able to post some images here.