I anticipated the need to catch up on sleep post-residency but I didn’t anticipate the difficulty of returning to art making. I’m trying to continue daily sketchbook work but that’s also difficult. There’s a fear of working, a confusion about direction and materials, even subject matter.
I’m synthesizing crit feedback and very glad I recorded 90% of them. I’m hearing/remembering comments/inspiration I’d forgotten-and noticing threads of connection. Kiera Reese, an MFA grad student, reminded me to pick and choose my way through crit comments–that even when various people see things in my work I don’t intend, it can be an opportunity to develop counter-arguments.
A student-led residency workshop addressing possible post-residency issues might be valuable to future Group 1 students.