Artist block and how i dealt with it
One of the things I hate THE MOST is having the Artist block. The fact that no ideas pop into your mind and you have to have ideas as soon as possible scares and worries me.
These past two weeks, work has been loading and coming onto us galore and the fact that I had NO IDEA what I could do was making me give up and worry so much that I cause myself to have an epileptic fit last Tuesday. That fit caused me obviously to worry more. Then I decided I had to take action and not let school ruin my wellbeing.
Instead of tackling each unit all at once, like I did in previous years, I decided to see which deadlines came first and which were the most important. After that I made it a point that by a certain date it had to be done so I would avoid having to stay up late and work because obviously that is not good for me since I need to rest since sleep deprivation causes more fits.
After finishing a deadline I moved on to another. I was leaving the painting and sculpture unit behind, knowing at the back of my mind that I had to come up with a concept as soon as possible so I would start working on the final piece since the research has been done and dusted long ago. It was on Saturday that the idea for sculpture popped into my head in a split of a second. I had been thinking what I was going to do for the past week and I had no clue but from watching a video on YouTube it resulted in giving me that spark that I was searching for!
I was so relieved that I knew and was certain about my work that I immediately opened Photoshop and did the preliminary sketches so I would present them to my lecturer to give me the go-ahead to start.
The issue about this year's assignments in general are left VERY OPEN to our interpretation, unlike last year where the lecturers gave us a title which served as a starting point, unlike this year where WE have to come up with the concept which means that us as students have to come up with how the work will be produced etcetera.
To conclude, it obviously is making more sense that they leave the units this broad since we are close to producing our dissertation, this for me is causing a lot of challenges and is making me get out of my comfort zone even more. We are not being spoon-fed as much as we used too in the previous years which to me seems fair!