Self-Narrative Charcoal Drawings, collage style and abstract

10/19/2012

         

In late August I became a PhD student in art education at the University of North Texas.  As such, my online presence has dwindled.  That is not to say I'm not writing and not creating art, but I'll be honest and say the idea of creating a blog post did not crossed my mind until recently.  I am taking an advanced research methods class on Narrative Inquiry with Dr. Terry Barrett, and I'm enjoying it immensely.  The set-up of the class is incredibly intimate, as we meet in a small book filled room at a conference table.  When everyone is present there are only six bodies in the space.  It is rare that Dr. Barrett's class is so small, but the group of students is rather enjoyable, so I feel blessed to be a part of such a group.     

A week ago, I completed my midterm assignment for this class, which was a self-narrative called The Storied Self.  My classmates encouraged me to create artworks about my own life using The Listening Project method, and so I did.  I did not have the time/supplies/space to create paintings, so I worked with what I had, which was vellum and charcoal.  I recorded my own spoken narrative about three different topics: singleness, marriage and motherhood.  Then, I played the recording for myself and drew in response to what I heard.  It was a rich exercises, but there was a lot of emotion involved and I found myself a bit weary from the experience.  In retrospect, I am happy that I followed through with the idea because it was helpful to revisit my own memories and to hear myself tell stories about my own perception of these experiences.  I will eventually create larger artworks based off of these drawings.

Singleness, 2012, 18"X24", charcoal on paper
Marriage, 2012, 18"X24", charcoal on paper
Motherhood, 2012, 18"X24", charcoal on paper 
 

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