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Studio visits... Love them?

So, I had a studio visit yesterday and was feeling pumped afterwards! Scott Sherer director of the UTSA Art Gallery and I talked about the work, my practice and how best to create new pathways to push the work into multiple directions without getting lost in old troupes. We talked for hours as a second year Grad student looked on.
I felt pretty goods afterwards, but this isn't always the case. As we all know, some studio visits can have a polarizing effect on ones "fragile" psyche. I mean just getting ready for a visit can cause anxiety for me.  I know what's happening in my work but..but do they see it? If not, do i really care? or should i care?
In an Huffington post article last week, a young artist asked, "Do i really need other people looking at my work?"
 The author posits, "No artist can rely exclusively on themselves to critique their artwork; bringing in an outside eye is essential". This is so true, sometimes having other eyes on the work can be highly beneficial.

In my own visit with Scott, he liked works i had cast aside for one reason or another. His take on them gave me pause. Will i take a second look? maybe, who knows. Studio visits can be hard, in Grad school i would hear some students just be torn apart, is this really helpful? I don't know, I've found it useful to absorb everything and then place it where it best benefits you! Sometimes that may be the garbage and sometimes it maybe inspiration for a new body of work. Regardless of the consequences its vital that you receive a broad range of suggestions and thoughts on your work so that you can improve and move forward. So, come on invite someone in!


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