It has been one month since I began my studies at the New York Academy of Art, and I am absolutely loving every single day! It is even better than I imagined. My classes are Artistic Anatomy, Art and Culture, History and Theory of Composition, Drawing 1, and Painting 1. We have a different class each day of the week, and they are each from 9:30 to 5:30. This gives us a lot of time to focus. Between the classes, homework, and critiques, I can feel and see myself growing so much. The school has also provided wonderful evening lectures from artists such as Ali Banisadr, Eileen Cooper, Alyssa Monks, Jean Pierre Roy, and Amy Bennett.
I can also feel my subject matter shifting after moving to New York. I live in Brooklyn, and I have a 30 minute commute to school. My work in Columbus, Georgia, was about our sense of place and our connection to home. Living in New York is much more disjointed and transitory experience. As you walk through the city streets, the windows are continually reflecting and refracting the world. There are so many people sharing one space, yet most of the time there is a lack of connection. The subway system is also very disorienting. All of these factors add up to a very dream like quality in daily life. It will be interesting to see how these ideas influences my work.
I was also involved with the recent show Single Fare 4 at the Highline Stages which was featured by Juxtapoz and the Huffington Post. It was an exhibition in which hundreds of artists submitted thousands of small artworks on metrocards. The show was incredible, and it had a great turnout. I was a volunteer and was thankful to have work in the show as well. It was hosted by the NYAA Alumni Association to raise money for scholarships.
Thank you so much for following my journey as an artist, and I appreciate you support. I am always happy to hear any thoughts, so please feel free to reach out!