Finishing Up….

With one crit to go, and Santa Fe looming, I think now’s a good time to take a break.  Not really, but let’s assess what I’ve accomplished this semester:

My goals were (taken from Friday, January 8, 2010 -Back to School!):

1. Get good grades, developing a solid body of work and documenting it properly.  
I haven’t gotten my grades yet, but I feel like I did well.  I definitely “developed a solid body of work” and even documented it.  It took a bit of a turn from what I thought it would be- instead of just making “objects,” I made these “creatures” whose animation was dependent on how they were presented, which is fun in the context of an exhibition, but not so fun in the context of documentation.  Nevertheless, I think I got some good stuff.

Looking at everything I’ve made in the last year in the form of my Jury Critique was eye-opening.  While it doesn’t particularly feel like I’ve done a lot of work, it looked like it in my Jury Crit.  There’s an strong thread (no pun intended, or maybe it was) running through all my work, without even considering process.

2. Get accepted to do a show in the student gallery (Marion Nicoll Gallery), “Self Portrait,” showcasing my journals.
Not only did I get accepted to do the show, but I pulled it off.  I thought it looked great, and I got a lot of good feedback on it.  Someone told me that during my show, she had seen the most people in the gallery that she had ever seen when it wasn’t the opening.  I don’t know if I would necessarily do this show again, because I found myself censoring what I put in my books, which isn’t the point of doing my books.

3. Put in a stellar scholarship application package. 
While my “stellar scholarship package” didn’t really pay off, as the only scholarships I really qualified for, the whole school qualified for, because I sort of slipped through the cracks, because I’m a fourth year, but not a graduating fourth year.  However,  that didn’t really matter because I set myself apart in other ways.  This year, I received two scholarships for leadership- the ACAD Student Experience Leadership Award, and the Susanne Agopsowicz Memorial Scholarship from the Calgary Foundation.  Receiving these is really great- it feels like someone is noticing the value of what I do and it encourages me to continue.  I’m proud of myself.

4. Develop an action plan to defer my pattern of depression in the summer
This one, I don’t know.  I know what to do if I start feeling yucky, and I’m applying for things, but I don’t know if things are going to be much different.  I guess all I can do is the best I can, and be kind to myself.

Other things I did this semester:
Coursework:
-Sucessful work (three garments, weavings, and morphoids (1+1+3+16)), Documentation (yardage, wearables, etc.), Jury Crit, essays for Judy’s class (I got a 90% on one)

smART:
Dee Fontans seminar, Debi Andrus, starting blog (soon), booking rooms, recruiting, advertising, etc.

SLC Rep:
-ACAD Planning Day (Felice at SAIC), Meet and Greet Potluck, got the Polly & Esther Gallery up and running,

Volunteer:
Peer mentor, Open house, acad planning day, smART

Exhibitions and Shows:
Self Portrait, Cotton on Cotton (P&E), Wearable Art at ACAD, Past and Present, Fibre Fortnight and Mini Show, Artawearness (Assistant to the host)

Fun stuff:
Contextural Residency, Santa Fe Trip, Louise Berube workshop,

Applications to/ for:
scholarships, Legacy scholarship, MNG co-ordinator, TNG summer position, Phyllis Balm, RBC, Lawrence Decore Scholarship, Jenna Swift’s Seasonal Effective show, (Some of these things did/may workout, some will not, but sometimes all you can do is the best effort you can. Regardless of the outcome, I’m always proud to put in a good application.)

Still to Do (this year):
-applications for summer positions at stride, truck, etc.
-applications Fibre Arts Student showcase
-application to one of the +15s for a show for my morphoids.

More Journal Pages

These are from Journal 25 as well… these are mostly gouache, which is definitely my paint of choice, because it’s easy, and cheap (well, the stuff I use is, at $2 a tube, vs $6 or more on other brands), dries well, isn’t sticky, easy to mix and you can get some fun colors and good opacity, which is good for me, because I often want to cover up lines and things.  And doing a quick drawing with a black pen and gouache in my book is so satisfying.  I don’t really care what it turns out like- it’s fun doing it.  Anyway.

Some Journal Pages

I don’t know why I seem to be so heavy on the images lately, but here’s some more.  These are a few pages from my journal.  These are all from #25, Brain Damage.

Self Portrait

Ok, so here’s some better images from my most recent show, Self Portrait.  The pictures are from the opening, which seemed to coincide with every other opening in Calgary, which I can’t decide if it was bad or good.  I think, because of it, I got some people looking at my work which may not have, normally, because I didn’t know them.  I also lost some people I thought would come, because they had other commitments.

I got a lot of great feedback from the show.  It seemed to touch a lot of people, which I think is quite a feat in this art school atmosphere, where we see so much art that half the time we don’t really even LOOK at it.  Someone told me they had seen 9 people in the gallery at once- the most she’s ever seen without it being an opening.  I’m patting myself on the back.

The last one is me, posing in my own installation.  This set of photos is courtesy of Robyn Thompson.  Thanks Robyn!

Self Portrait: the Journals of Jennifer Akkermans

 In Self Portrait, Jennifer Akkermans invites you in to her world.   Her installation focuses on her journals, forming an in-depth, intense, yet unwittingly candid study of herself.  The content is pure, unedited, and true, a self-portrait from every angle: good, bad, and sometimes both hilarious and poignant.
  This is my first solo show!  It’s in the Marion Nicoll Gallery at school.  I found out on Tuesday, and set up was Sunday, so needless to say, it’s been a busy week! I’ve been getting comments on it, and people have been sitting and reading, so I feel pretty good about that!  More pictures to come!