The BFA program will help me progress as an artist and support the type of mixed-media art I would like to pursue. My interest is primarily 2-D art. I enjoy painting, photography and printmaking and would like to experiment more with mixing all three mediums and establishing my own artistic voice.
The work in my portfolio reflects the format in which I would further develop through my courses. Air Pollution was something I created in high school, but is a piece I frequently come back to because it demonstrates the type of art I want to be producing. It includes a manipulated photograph, done first with Photoshop and then furthered by hand, a collage of drawn images, painted imagery in the background and many layers of inks, chalks and acrylic paint on top. The layering method of different mediums is something I wish to further pursue. Finding the perfect materials to express an idea, and not being bound by the rules and restrictions of them, feels adventurous and exciting. I like the idea of being a well-rounded artist with experience in a wide range of areas.
Portraiture is the format of work I would like to further explore. I really am a true introvert type of a person. I get scared and nervous when talking to people, but at the same time I find people extremely fascinating. I find that a lot of my inspiration to create art comes from the fact that I feel very shy and awkward most of the time. Trying to understand human emotion, and furthering that emotion to convey a completely different topic is something I have attempted and would love to continue to do.
At this point I do not have particular standout favorites in the art world, but I have found I most frequently gravitate towards portraiture. For example, a printmaker that I enjoy is Barbara Elam. The portraits she makes seem to be memories of hers. The people aren’t proportioned perfectly, or necessarily look real, but she has a definite style that can be seen in all her work. A painter I enjoy is Victor Rodriguez, a hyperrealist painter. I am very attracted to the idea of taking portraits and pushing them so far as to have the viewer question whether the image is a painting or not. These two artists have very different styles, but I find both to be very influential.
Overall I feel the BFA program fits my needs because I am a very driven person, interested in really developing as an artist. I am also an art education major and being a teacher later in life is all the more reason for me to have as much experience in the studio as possible. The BFA program would give me more opportunity to practice discussing and supporting my own work, something I know will benefit me not only as an artist, but as a teacher as well.
Here's hoping for the best!