These pages document work that I've done as a student in Goddard College's MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts program. They are organized
to answer five questions that define an academic exercise. These questions include:
1. Documentation of my art practice
2. An artist's statement
3. Documentation of my experimentation
4. Documentation of my practicum
5. A bibliography.
I've attempted to take a thoughtful approach to this exercise. I'm not sure that I've succeeded. This exercise is academic,
in both its requirement and its structure. It's not been a fulfilling process for me and it's taken me away from the practice
that I entered the program to develop. My practice doesn't include responding to these questions. I also don't see a purpose
in subverting this process to make something about which I could be proud. I prefer to return to my own work and the messy,
iterative nature of my site.
This web site, in its totality is intended to be a portfolio. I started building it with the intention that it would stand
as documentation for my work and that it could fulfill the requirements of the MFA-IA program. I believe that it does. The
difficulty is that it's not static and the requirements of the portfolio can result in nothing but a dead document. I suppose
I could push, I could demand that the site be accepted as the portfolio, but that fight isn't one that I care to undertake.
It's not my fight. There are no arguments that I can present the faculty that they haven't already heard. The struggle to
create a useful portfolio process isn't mine. It's their's. It's been six years of the same critique and my voice won't tip
the scales. Until there's a will to think about this, open the possibilities for real work, the portfolio will only be an
obstacle. It could be a transcendant process.
I will say this in favor of the portfolio process. If it hadn't been there for me to push against, I might never have
started this site. That's no small accomplishment. Now that these pages are finished, I can turn to the site in a real way,
an experiemental way. The questions have been answered, they have been culled into a printable set of pages. They will be
printed and entombed in the Goddard College Library. In all likelihood, they will never be referened again. The site won't
suffer the same fate. I regret that the program doesn't recognize this fact.
Regardless of these gripes, this has been a good program for me. I've learned a lot and I'm grateful to the faculty and
students who have been willing to engage with me. Thank you.