Artist. Researcher. Educator.
Artist. Researcher. Teacher.
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I’ve spent the last several months taking a creative break, creative sabbatical, creative rest. I haven’t been making or doing anything. I’ve allowed myself to completely give up my artistic practices. I have been going on artist’s dates.
I successfully defended my dissertation a few weeks ago. I am now “Doctor.” The defense went wonderfully, and it was a really positive end to a very long… experience. (I hate the word “journey” when used to describe doctoral programs.) I thought after I finished my dissertation, I would have a lot more time to […]
In February or March, I started playing with cyanotypes on fabric. Doing cyanotypes in winter in Minnesota is… not the easiest thing to do, but I was just experimenting, playing around. Over a period of several months, I kept experimenting with different natural materials, different weather conditions, different exposure times. And then, somehow, my cyanotypes […]
I changed my dissertation topic in the last year of my program. I wouldn’t recommend this, but it had to be done. I wrote about how this affected reading for my dissertation in a previous post. What I didn’t realize is that this shift would have a psychological impact on writing the dissertation. In my […]
One of the biggest hurdles I’ve faced in working on my doctoral dissertation is knowing when to stop reading. I know this is a common problem. When should PhD students stop reading? How much is enough? How do you get over the nagging feeling that you might be missing something? And what do you do […]