Year 2013 Recap

I even managed to take a vacation this year- Jessica and I went to Kelowna in May, had the whole place to ourselves!
I even managed to take a vacation this year- Jessica and I went to Kelowna in May, we had the whole place to ourselves!  I love travelling/vacationing in the off-season.


2013 was actually a fairly quiet year for me, in terms of my practice.  It was a year of taking a step back, re-grouping, and learning.  After my show at AGC was taken down, I was racking up the rejections (36+, until I stopped counting), and I was really busy with working a high-responsibility day job, and so I got really burnt out.  So, I stopped counting rejections, quit my day job, and started working for a temp agency (which is not very stimulating, but it allows me to leave work at work, and focus on my real work- my practice).  I miss that job a little, but it was the right decision.  Soon after making the switch, I injured my foot- actually, my Achilles heel (there’s a reason the legend exists!) which laid me up and slowed me down for a while, forcing me to take some time out.  I couldn’t walk or stand for any extended period of time, and then carried a cane for a while, so things such as going to openings and social events were near impossible.  And the flood happened. (We were fine, but the poor city…. but I’ve never been prouder to be a Calgarian!) Oh, and I’m in the process of closing up the IMR, which means I need to figure out what comes next in terms of my artwork.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining, I’m just pointing out that there were a lot of things going on this year, some of which directly affected my plans and my work.  I was forced to slow down, re-couperate, and focus on what was important.  I’ve focused on a few larger projects- preparing for my exhibition at Visual Arts Alberta, putting together my grad school applications, and I’ve been developing some new work (which I’m not quite ready to share).  I’ve got a few things coming up, in particular two which will help develop my next body of work – the Puppet Intensive at the Banff Centre (leaving this week- eek!) and my second visit to the Gushul Studio Residency in the Crownest Pass.  (Artists, I encourage you to apply for this- a self-directed residency in one of my favorite places in the world.)  One more exhibition, at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer, will likely be the end of the IMR, at least in that incarnation.  (I do think I will possibly have a wind up event, such as an Adopt-A-Morphoid program, details in the works.)  I think this project has been fun, but it’s run it’s course, and it’s time to move on.  To what, I’m still figuring that out.

Anyway, let’s see how I did with my goals (directly from this post):

1. Get one more rejection letter in 2013, than I did in 2012.  – Definitely achieved.  I needed 22, I ended up with more than 36 when I stopped counting.  I don’t think I will set this goal in this manner again, it was pretty tough watching the rejections pile up, especially with a concrete number.

2. Apply to grad school. Done!  Applied to York, Guelph, Windsor, Waterloo, and Concordia, all for MFA programs. Now, I cross my fingers and wait.

3. Attend a minimum of 20 openings, not counting my own. Failed. Miserably.  (See note about Achilles heel.)  I made it to maybe 4 or 5, all year.

4. Send out 4 newsletters. Hmm…. well… I sent one.  Fail.

5. Spend more time working on my arts practice than I spend at work.  This was a possibility, and I was doing it for a while while I was working for ASA.  I was able to determine my own schedule a lot of the time, and work from home, so there were a few months there where I did do it.  After I started temping, though, I changed this for myself, to working on my practice at least a little, in some form, every day.  For that, I would give myself a 85%, a passing grade, as there’s been times where it didn’t happen, but for the most part, I did pretty well.  Temping, while it does take up a lot of my time, doesn’t take up as much of my energy, so it’s been a good fit.

6. Expose my work to more/different audiences.  Umm… honestly, this one is a fail.

7. Quit working by 9:30PM every night.  This one I adjusted again, with my new work schedule.  I stopped working by 10 or 10:30 every night, so, Pass.

So, did I pass or fail?  Does it matter?  I did better than I would have done, had I not set any goals.  Goals are just guidelines, to get (and keep) you moving in the right direction.  And I’m going in the right direction.

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