Holy crap. I cannot believe I forgot to upload these. This is my final installation for my Intro to GFA class. The show was on December 6th for only one hour (I know!), but it was really fantastic. Everybody did such great work. These are all six of the professors I had that semester turned into animals. They’re painted in acrylic on cardboard. A copy of my artist statement is below:
My work embraces humor and light-hearted fun in an effort to both reflect and combat the baffling absurdity of our existence. I had fun making my works, and I want the viewer to have fun looking at them. This series in particular transforms all six of the professors I had this semester at MICA into half-animal caricatures; it takes the revered image of “professor,” a figure of wisdom and solemnity and a source of stress for many students, and strips them of their burdensome and grandiose status, freeing both the professor to exhibit the unadulterated joy of human existence and freeing the student to view the professor as a creature of hilarity and levity. The classroom is transformed into a stage, and the professors become the actors, made to perform for their living. The student-teacher relationship is both examined and transformed.
For the project I depicted my own teachers, as I got to know them over the course of the semester and could therefore attempt to communicate their classroom personalities; this was done through the choices of what animal they became and how they were painted. Cardboard was used to make the artwork sincere: it is not trying to be high art, it is not trying to be profound or serious. The artwork is honest in its self-awareness, and the materials used are unified by their humility to the accessible and common nature of the subject.