Thoughts & Exploration

Goals & Skepticism – 2016

Although it is a reality that I have the rest of my life to enact change, there is a great pressure to achieve greatness during the next year and a half while I attend grad school.

As I read articles and books aligned with and against my viewpoints, that pressure has become a wall.  I continue to ask myself, “what is the best path to take to ensure that people in the future have better opportunities, access to education, and the knowledge of their physical and emotional environments to lead healthy lives”?

Researching for my graduate assistantship in Sustainability further complicates this question as I realize the amount of barriers in the way of taking care of the planet.

What has become concrete, through conversations with my peers, is that there is no single set path to achieve these goals.

Looking at the history of participatory art via Claire Bishop’s Artificial Hells:  Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship has helped me realize why I chose this methodology during my first semester in grad school and also how those reasons are flawed and problematic.

I began to think that art had lost its magic; that art was too passive for society today.  To bypass the hypocrisy of selling art to a supposed elite through the traditional gallery settings and rally against the failures of capitalism, participatory art/engaging an audience directly/creating a memorable experience may be an answer.

However, artwork that functions within the viewer/object relationship is still effective.  So I continue to paint in this context as well to improve my visual vocabulary.

There is still a lot that I don’t know and can’t assume to know.

For more clarification, I want to keep learning, continue the conversation, and do my best not to get discouraged.  Next semester, I will be auditing an Art in Community class with an instructor who has done incredible work in the Twin Cities.  This opportunity fell into place with perfect timing as I question my role as an artist and the direction in which my work should go.

 

 

 

 

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MCAD Life, MFA Semester 1

Semester 1 @ MCAD + MnArtists

Graduate school has been an intense catalyst for realizing and imagining new goals that harness every part of myself.

Rigid connectors and knots that shape my philosophies function equally with the fragile threads of new experiences in Minneapolis.

As I focus on sexual violence and ask many questions about the concept of rape culture in the United States, I’ve challenged my methodologies and my media toward these goals:

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Communication
Education

For my final critique of the semester, I presented a soft sculpture on the floor in the corner of our gallery along with a stack of papers for each of my peers that read:

“As a survivor of sexual violence, it has been difficult to rediscover the integral connection between myself and my own sexuality, both physically and mentally.  Over time, I have tried to bridge this disconnect by reflecting on past experiences that shaped my own sex education and bodily associations.

This ongoing project functions as a timeline; a record of experiences that shaped who I was before being assaulted and the cyclical mental and corporeal identifications that have resulted.

I invite you to work together to untangle these experiences in order to arrive at a “truth” or understanding of the complexities of identity shaped through my experience with sex and constructed sexuality.”

For the following five minutes, everyone worked together in silence to unravel the piece below.

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Untitled (Sexuality as Identity)

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I will continue to build onto this piece while thinking of how this and other future pieces can give others the strength to communicate, can fuel face-to-face conversations, and help people understand the complexities and consequences of placing all of the responsibility on the victim.

*As my practice grows and changes, I will be housing graduate projects at MnArtists.org/hrpeebles. Keep an eye on the site as I explore participatory art while challenging the visual vocabulary in my paintings.

Thank you for continued support.

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MCAD Art Sale 2015: November 19 – 21

The annual art sale at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design is just over a week away!

Students and alumni will have work for sale from a wide array of disciplines.

Follow the link below for tickets and to preview the art work:
http://mcad.edu/events-fellowships/art-sale

I will have work available from the past couple years, including recently updated additions to the Chaos in Nature collection, VII & VIII.
https://heatherpeebles.wordpress.com/current-work/chaos-in-nature-ongoing/

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Sneak Peak @ My MCAD Studio

Week 3 has been a complete emotional whirlwind!

There was not a lot of room for gray, but many, many things are slowly falling into place, even if those places are transitional.

Here is a glimpse into these experiences through the disorganized organization of my studio space and new works in progress.  These pieces are in order from Week 0 to current!

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MCAD Week 2: GA + Where is my Brain?

This week, I began my Graduate Assistantship with the Minneapolis College of Art & Design as part of the Sustainability Environmental Action Committee (SEAC) to “reduce energy and waste, promote conservation, and decrease MCAD’s impact on the environment”.  In the cafeteria are bins not only for trash, but for recycling and composting as well!

I am incredibly excited this year to work to learn the waste policies of the Twin Cities, contribute my knowledge and research to MCAD’s initiatives, and create lasting solutions for the community at large.

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When it comes to painting, my brain went from mush on Monday to a puddle mid-week to a traveling vapor by Friday. Although expected, my classes and interactions are challenging everything about the way I think and create work. Not only about content, but about my process, materials, etc. Finding a balance will not come easily.

The advice I’ve been receiving about representation vs. non-representation in abstract art, asking questions versus offering answers, paint as plastic as material, and the great game of “this looks like this!” in my work has been really insightful, if not immediately grinding at times. I was absorbing and purging viewpoints as I painted, until I realized that I was losing sight of my vision. But this is what I love.

This is the amount of time, thought, and care we put into expressing some idea, letting materials live on their own, and/or sharing our experiences.

Sexuality series wip

Work in progress

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MCAD Week 1 + Meeting Waters

The incredible amount of advice, opportunity, diversity of practices, and level of expectation thus far at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design is just what I was looking for in a Master’s program.

I am proud to have made it through my first week with my mental health intact!
Already I am hoarding a few books from the library to dissect and inform my practice (which is already changing).

The challenge will be mostly in choosing my focus out of the many themes I am passionate about and utilizing MCAD’s resources to grow exponentially intellectually and as an artist in the next two years.

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MEETING WATERS

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to stop by to see the opening of Meeting Waters: 2015 MFA Fall Exhibition. We had a great turnout for the MFA showcase; a journey with live performances, paintings, drawings, printmaking, installation, conceptual, films, etc! As a first year in the program, I was blown away by the level of execution and subject matter of my fellow studio mates’ work.

 

 

We have open gallery hours this weekend to catch the show before it comes down Sunday night!

MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 S Grand Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, 8/29 from 12-6
Sunday, 8/30 from 12-4

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Chaos in Nature VII & VIII

Thank you for your support!

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The Meeting Waters: MCAD MFA Exhibition

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Opening Friday, August 28th from 6 to 9 pm at the Whittier Gallery, The Meeting Waters is an exhibition of the students of the MFA program at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design!

Exploring the theme of ‘transition’ has been invigorating as I prepare to move to Minneapolis, strengthen friendships, say goodbye to family, and welcome the vulnerability of new meetings.

The above paintings are works in progress, utilizing colors as moods and lines as connections.

Look for more updates on the show and the trip to MN.

Thank you as always for your support!

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