I am typing this the night before I go set all of my work up for the OCADU Grad Show which opens on Wednesday. I can't believe my four years at art school are over already. I remember sitting with my sister-in-law Amanda like it was yesterday and chatting about her plans to quit Psychology at Queens and go to OCAD for fiber art and being so excited for her. Then thinking, "If she's doing it, why can't I?" Just leaving everything to follow my dream of becoming an artist. It didn't seem as terrifying back then because I had some time to figure it out. Now, I'm all finished and it's much scarier.
I never thought I could enjoy school as much as I enjoyed my time at OCAD. I met so many amazing people had so many wonderful experiences. I am sad to be done, to lose the daily interaction with fellow artists, to lose the invisible push of trying to keep up to everyone. But it means the beginning of a new phase that I know will be good, but different. School was easy because it was structured, I knew what I needed to do and when to do it. Now, it's an open page. I get to decide how to fill it.
Although it's uncertain, I'm excited for this new chapter and to figure things out as I go. I hope for this to be a place where I can share my struggles, successes and process as I make art and that it would be an inspiration to anyone who's just starting out as an artist like me.