My degree is almost done. Later today I will sign my name and degree show space off ready for my final ever assessment.
I didn't think I'd enjoy this final week. I thought I'd be too stressed to be able to appreciate it. Instead, it's been the opposite.
This week has brought about an incredible sense of community. The buzz about the buildings has been encouraging and motivating and seeing all of our hard work come to a conclusion is incredibly heartwarming.
I had a really productive day on Tuesday, painting my boards and preparing my space with my amazing 2nd year helper, Emily. We made so much progress that I was able to start hanging my work first thing on Wednesday morning!
Hanging work was the part I wanted to pay the most time and attention to this week. I knew it could be difficult to get them the exact height I wanted them to be at and to have them in the configuration that would best suit the space. I spent quite a lot of time just moving the paintings around on the floor, imagining them hung on the wall, figuring out how they should be displayed.
Once the work was hung it was time to paint the floor! We weren't sure whether or not to paint the floor as we were worried we may be pushed for time, but as we had a few hours spare on Wednesday afternoon we decided to go for it.
I'm glad we did - just one coat did wonders in neatening up the space so that all the focus could be on the work on the walls.
Later on Wednesday, the physical copies of the Kowansow catalogues arrived. I spent a lot of time putting this catalogue together; planning, writing, photographing, editing, compiling and proofing. Seeing the PDF version was exciting but holding the book itself in print was something else.
I'm really proud of the work I have made this term and I feel that this catalogue brings the collection of work to a close rather well, as something to look back on in a couple of years and reminisce on my last few weeks of art school.
By the time I had to leave on Thursday my space was ready to go. All the last few bits had been organised and I was ready to turn up the next day to sign my space off and finish my degree!
Unfortunately, I got a text at work later that day and had to rush back to uni. Some tutors decided our space was unbalanced and so I had to lose one of my large paintings from the show. I decided re-hang my grid of Kowansow Studies in it's place as I didn't want to lose them too - I felt they added a good contrast to the space alongside the larger paintings.
I was in Uni at opening time this morning, deadline day, to re-hang and re-curate the space. It's frustrating and a tad upsetting to hang a show and think you're all finished only to have to re-jig everything once again.
Nonetheless, I managed to get everything organised and - although I have less work in the space - I feel the flow of the room has definitely improved.
I'm feeling nostalgic about finishing art school already. I will miss the friends I have made here and having the space, time and support to work on my practice. Nonetheless, I'm excited about what's to come next and where this career may take me. Roll on degree show!