I've gone and done that thing I never thought I'd do; I've gone back to school.
Well. If you know me well you'll have heard about my trials and tribulations with various PhD applications here and there, so I suppose this has been on the cards for a while. When I was finishing my BA Photography back in 2013 one of my lecturers suggested I'd benefit from a MA in Fine Art, given the nature of the final work I was producing. He even suggested a few reputable universities I should apply to. But, obviously, the last thing I wanted to think about was yet more bloody essays, projects and deadlines, and besides, have you seen how much they cost??? You could say I shrugged that idea well and truly off.
Since graduating I've been getting more and more interested in painting, drawing, printing, digital painting.. any kind of image making that doesn't involve a camera. It's not that I don't still adore taking photos; Photoshop and photography are my trade and how I make a living (amongst other things). I'm lucky enough to really enjoy what I do and how I earn a living. But I'm just so fascinated by the fluidity and unpredicability of a blank canvas and a paintbrush. However, and it's utterly stupid and ridiculous I know, I feel as if I'm somehow 'not qualified' to paint. I can physically do it, yes, but in the grand scheme of things I know nothing about traditional art, it's history or even the context in which my work might considered. I want to learn.
So, my thirst for artistic knowledge combined with the Welsh government's shiny new postgraduate loan means that 2017 is set to be the year I go back to school. I'm extremely lucky to be able to stay in work whilst completing this course on a part time basis; I'll have absolutely no free time at all but at least I'll be doing something I really enjoy.
I start my MA in Art Practice (fine art) at USW at the end of September. I enroled online this week and found it absolutely bizarre that my student ID is the same one I had back in 2010 and my old GlamLife (now UniLife...) email account is still active (turns out one of my old lecturers kept all of our email addresses on her mailing list and I had A Lot of random bulletins and news updates just sat there in the gmail abyss).