So the first semester is over. It was a definite roller coaster of work, stress, friendships, being able to keep a handle on my family life, and learning... lots and lots of learning. What kind of learning? There were all types of things, but I've distilled it into 2 keys points...
- Coordination of people and suppliers was paramount to the success of this 1st Semester project.
- Conversations with my fellow grad students, faculty, and family was an invaluable resource. Not only for their insights but also for the ability to keep me grounded enough to not flip out... well, not flip out badly.
The project completed for the due date, Waiting Room, has gotten several mixed reactions in terms of content, material, and concept. To be honest, the technical aspects and material considerations of this project did overshadow portions of the concept. As the material dialogue developed the concept got left behind. This is something I will not be doing on the next project. The development of all factors of the project are equally important, the larger the project, the less room for error, and this is compounded by a small window for completion. Is this an excuse? No. But it is something for me to be on the watch for next project, to give time to all factors involved. Which includes the concept.
Is the first project done? No. It was completed for the due date laid out by the client, the MFA program and ultimately the school. I will thinking about what to do to Waiting Room to complete it in the coming weeks over break. Following the guidelines I already laid out for this project... simplicity. I am fortunate to be able to have time for this, I was told I could take until the end of 2nd Semester to take it down.
There is lots to get ready for and think about, the program is already 1/4 over (going by semesters). The next year and a half will FLY by, and all of this semester will seem like some fever dream.