As a part of the first half of my Post Studio Projects course each of us must enact three of our 100 original conceptual art assignments. Of course they have to be three of our strongest, but that also depends on us as performers and how we will react to each piece. For my first one I picked #41: Sit in the dark and draw what you think. This is also a time to mention that I don't like being alone (and conscious) in the dark. Having an overactive imagination doesn't help either. I cleared off my desk and set a timer for seven minutes, and I am glad it was not any longer than that. The first five minutes were fine, but soon after I could feel the presence of something creeping up behind me. My lines became more frantic, in hopes that by speeding up my drawing I could make time flow faster. Those last two minutes felt like an hour, and I was utterly and without a doubt terrified of whatever my mind had conjured to lurk inches behind me. Fortunately the timer went off and the lights came on.
Sometimes it is good to face your fears, especially when you know it's all in your mind. However those can also be the worst ones, for as long as you live they can keep creeping up from the fathoms of your imagination. There were quite a few assignments I created that have to do with fear or negative emotions, so this is just dipping my toes into the shallow end. This will continue to be a refining process as I work on editing and improving my list. What will happen then no one can say.
Open your mind, be brave, and be kind.
To See With One's Body and Soul
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