I had my first meeting with my mentor, Sam Durant after his sabbatical last semester. I talked about my wanting to use this blog as a forum to develop ideas for the written component of my thesis. Rather than turn in a traditional thesis statement, this blog would function as my written component, offering up all iterations of my ideas, from the rough draft to the well-crafted.
This can be an ideal place to record the development of ideas as they are generated and take form. I feel the blog form would parallel the artistic process of experimentation, developing ideas to varying degrees, and growth. Because this form allows for comments, it offers a bit of the interaction that takes place in an MFA program between myself and colleagues and peers of all stripes.
Since I will be using this site as a method to record private conversations that take place over the course of the semester, I will be stick to articulating the ideas and refrain from giving attributions. What this means in plain English is that if professor X says, "Paintings with red sell faster," I may type something like:
I talked with one of my professors about the color red and its relationship to the art marketplace. On my next canvas I plan to experiment with Cadmium, Naphthol, and Perylene reds in preparation for gallerist Y's studio visit.I'm hoping that this bit of discretion will help the faculty feel more comfortable under the harsh panoptic glare of cyberspace. I will also honor any faculty members request to opt of my written thesis process.