"Summer over Shell" 2017
FIELD NOTE: I return to PaintThisDesert from a summer sabbatical. I took a break from hyper-focused seeking and posting stories to prep for my final year of an MFA Studio Art program. The downtime was also used to work on essays for other sites and publications, taking photos, planning for a public art project of my own, and doing time in County (Clark County Public Art HQ).
It was also a chance to spend what may be my final summer as a student to work in the studio; from that came interesting explorations of my thesis, some of which will be used for my final exhibition, which will be held in May 2018. I am looking forward to it, and hope you come out for it.
Those who follow me on Facebook also know I’ve been researching PhD programs, which generated interesting feedback from various colleagues. So far Public History makes sense, considering the way murals, at their storytelling best, are documents of community. It would give an extended version of authorship to any new works, revisit my Chicano/Latinx scholarship in depth, and not stray from a foundation of journalism. I also found interesting programs that have interdisciplinary curriculum that combine art history and practice.
And of course the ritual of updating a resume, which is also now a CV, is a time killer.
For now there will be catch-up period as PtD gets back up to speed. As always, follow along on Instagram, Twitter, my Facebook, and Clark County Visual Arts' Facebook.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico