What I've Been Up To

Graduation has come and gone (the diploma part... not the walking part, which is yet to come) and I have been trying to figure out how to balance everything. I am grateful to have a full time job working in an office and spend a couple nights a week serving at Golden Corral. You know... those kinds of jobs that every art student ends up in, right? Well, it works for now. I feel like I've moved more and more towards personal work that has a more fine art feel to it, so I'm planning to explore that for now. Every time my feet hurt at the end of the night or I get yelled at by a beast of a customer, I remind myself that part of the reason I'm working so much is to fund the work that brings me joy.

Lately I have been building up what I am fondly calling my "super ghetto darkroom". Yes, it has a washer and dryer, but it's my artistic space and it makes me happy every time I see it. I am lucky to have some friends who have donated their chemicals to me (thanks Sheena and Kate!) as they are less interested in alternative printing processes than I am. It is particularly the historic processes I want to master and see where they lead me. For now, I'm using old imagery to create negatives to start. Soon there will be more, but here are some pictures of how my "play time" has been going over the past couple weeks.

Prints of my niece and nephew

This was pure experimentation. It took about 20 minutes for a cyanotype to print of a negative I had lying around.

Keep an eye out. That super ghetto darkroom is almost to the point where you'll start seeing more here!