First morning in a class is always high-energy, getting to know expectations and experience levels, learning names, trying to understand the dynamics presented by these particular ten people. Within the first five minutes someone said, “It’s not a competition,” in a funny exchange. It became the byword for the day. It’s a good thing to remember in a class. It’s a good thing to remember in life, actually.
Tonight were presentations by Mo Kelman, a sculptor working with textiles and Elizabeth Spiers, poet and visiting writer. It is always inspiring to see how other artists work with materials, either tangible or abstract, to respond to the world. Another good byword comes to mind. “Don’t compare. Relate.” Our work is so different on first glance that it would be difficult to compare. On the other hand, our interest in materials, the limitations we put on ourselves, the physicality and scale of our work and the interest in words and ideas are evident in both. Though different, our work is related in many ways.
And now, in a dark landscape, with the lights of the studio shining through, I walk back to my cabin.