This quarter I went to two galleries - why is it that I'm always either going to none or several during the time between website due dates?
Between the Natasha Bowdoin exhibit that we saw in class, and the Jasper Johns/Edward Munch exhibit at the VMFA, I chose to document and discuss the Bowdoin exhibit. I feel like this exhibit strongly influenced my current project, even though I didn't realize it until I sat down to write about this. For my project, I wanted to do black and white patterns and lines, very solidly drawn but also rather abstract. Also, depending on which characters I portrayed in the drawings, I wanted to use other colors in the lines. I didn't realize that I had been picturing Bowdoin's work when imagining how I wanted to draw.
I am also incorporating paper cutting into this one, but in my typical way of cutting out squares, rather than the way that Bowdoin cuts paper. I don't think I would ever go to the detail of her moon phase series. Not only do I like the look of the larger cut pieces better, but it seems to meticulous to me to draw that tiny and cut that tiny.
Bowdoin also did many works on insects and metamorphoses, but I did not document these pieces, as they didn't call to me at all. They were interestingly-crafted, sure, but I didn't particularly care for them. I much preferred the more abstract or leafy works. I can appreciate the installation aspect of them, taking paper-cutting to a whole new level. There was detail and subtlety in the wall that you wouldn't notice unless you were right there, but there was also simplicity and easiness in the large leaves placed rather far from the wall. Though I didn't catch the name of the installation, I really appreciate the skill it takes to compose a large piece like that.
In conclusion, I really hope that my own version of Bowdoin-esque art works out as well as hers does.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School