In order to do an art degree you have to do a foundation year, that was a fun year.
On your foundation you can have fun with what you are doing, it’s all meant to be an experiment. You are meant to be exploring different areas in preparation for what degree you want to do. Then on your degree you spend the first year learning what your degree is about and what is expected of you. Then you spend the second year of your degree in a panic because next year is your last year and you don’t know what sort of work you want to produce yet. You want to go back to foundation and experiment again and not have to come up with an explanation to the term ‘your practice’. You then have to define this further in your third year in order to come up with some amazing piece for your degree show that will make you feel good about your future and everyone else go, ‘I wish I could have done that.’ I’m not at that stage yet, but it’s what I imagine will happen.
I don’t want to make finished work for formal (or informal) crits. I don’t even know when my work is finished, let alone how to display it for a crit. I want to piss about dipping into things here and there, making work for the sake of it. Not because I have to in order to fulfil course requirements. And I bloody hate trying to think of a way to display my work for a crit. It just doesn’t work the same in that kind of environment, it’s not meant to be viewed in a gallery; well, some of it isn’t.