In an effort to make critiques run better, our professor had us meet together at the beginning of class. He stated we spend so much time creating, creating, and creating we never look back at our work and ask ourselves the hard questions. We wait for the faculty to do so and then have no clue how to confidently answer them in a way where we strongly defend our work. So he had us perform an exercise where we went to our work for 30 minutes and wrote down every question we could think of. Here are a few of mine...Why paint? What does the yarn represent? Why does the land matter? Why so important to you? Why land mapping? Why an aerial view? Why a square stretched canvas? Why paint the sides? What is strong? What is weak? What is the relationship of the yarn to the paint? Why is the land personal? Is it too representational? Too abstract? Why layers of paint? Why acrylic? Will you stick to this subject matter? Why another landscape painting? Why am I doing this?
Many questions arose and as difficult as this assignment may seem I think it is necessary to help myself and the other students really think about our own work. So in the future we are better prepared to defend it.