The workshop ran from Sunday to Friday on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy, a private boarding high school in the vast mountains of Vermont. I stayed in the dorms and ate in their amazingly fantastic cafeteria. The workshop was just one of many AP workshops held at the Summer Institute. The AP Art session was led by a well experienced art teacher who was also a "reader" (evaluator) for the AP art portfolios. She led us through the AP evaluation process, the requirements for portfolios, and shared past portfolio examples. We were also tasked with completing a mini version of the portfolio ourselves. We had to make a concentration of 12 art pieces in the form of Artist Trading Cards. This is the series that I created:
This work echoes the detachment from the physical as I leave almost all of my belongings behind in my cross-global move.
About to embark on a journey that will bring me to teach and live in SE Asia, almost all of my possessions have recently been packed and shut into a storage unit. This work echoes the subtraction in my life as I pair down to the basic necessities. Returning to the most fundamental elements and principles of art, I worked by cutting away the paper to leave the vital components: shape, line, balance, occupied and unoccupied space. Leaving the materials white without any embellishments or additions reflects on the degree of unknown and pairing down. Inspired by Minimalist masters like Frank Lloyd Wright I strictly controlled the spaces of the cards with circles, squares, and lines. By laying the cards on a similar white paper I ask the viewer to slowly trim away the inessentials, revealing subtlety and simplicity.