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New Year’s reflections

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I’m happy with this year, art-wise.

I’ve gotten to see my favorite piece grow in recognition and evolve as a piece. Identity Tapestry was honored with an award from Guggenheim curator Nathan Trotman, showed in two new places this year, gained a perfect basket-form, was enthusiastically invited to an upcoming “Kinetic Text” show in LA, and was included in the WCA’s 40th anniversary show catalog  by juror Rita Gonzalez (a contemporary art curator from LACMA).

I got back to painting- both working on new pieces, but also finishing ones languishing from the pre-child days.

I learned a lesson about my process:  While I love challenge, sometimes the best thing for the piece is to use the skills I already have instead of inventing new processes each time I work!  It seems obvious in retrospect but it nearly took a brick to the head.

I learned a new medium- glass casting and cold-working glass.

In addition to paintings I created a new installation piece, a new international collaborative project and a new sculpture.

I got my first grant (out of two I have ever applied for!)

My resume grew by 7 shows, one grant, one award, and one honorable mention from a large international competition- more than I’ve ever done in one year..

I got in many visits to galleries and museums and art fairs in SF, LA and New York.  I read more art history books and books about navigating the art world.

I broke down something that may confuse professionals looking at my art as a whole and am finding ways to frame the diversity in my work to make it clear as a consistent trait rather than random wandering.

I got to work with wonderful people.

I got more organized in terms of my career as a whole.

An old tutoring student visited me and told me what a difference I had made for him and his work.

I feel good about the studio this year. 

In a way things going so well also made me even more impatient for making new work and showing it.  I can’t wait to get to the studio.  I’m excited about the new pieces brewing in my mind, and by the speed I have found in my painting and what I will do with it.  I’m ready to buckle up and step on the gas this year.

One regret- I wish I had completely revamped my website.  I suppose that would be my first studio resolution.

I wish you all a happy new year.  Most especially thank you to all my friends and family who helped in some way to make those good things this year possible!  I was lucky enough to have people to help wind yarn, provide a bed in New York, lug/truck art around, help build panels, watch my daughter, and so much more.  You know who you are.  Thank you.

Written by Mary Corey March

January 1, 2012 at 4:34 am

Posted in art, personal

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