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Student Perspectives: Emily Nam (MFA 2018)

Emily Nam, second year MFA student, shares with us her Studio School experience.

It was in the periphery that my life would take course at the New York Studio School.  My thoughts had wandered on its name and a desire to take graduate studies allured me. With minimal training in Painting and Drawing, I was shocked by my experiences during a Summer Drawing marathon, that with drawing came thought and there was a deep conversation that existed within the arts.  It was through this process that my time with the New York Studio School began.

The New York Studio School has assisted me in seeing the world and to think about the world in a way that is accessible to my process of thinking and my desire to express.  Without imposing one way of viewing, a great attribute of the school has been the array of classes and diverse teachers on offer – each lending their own individual lessons by which to embrace and reject in the search for my own voice as a practitioner.  Through this process I have gained the skills to take ownership of my experience at the school and to gain strength in my personal self as an artist; to be discerning in my decisions, offer critique and share observations, and also of myself.

Green Fields, oil and oil stick on canvas, 48 x 48 inch (2017)

Daily life is spent in the studio, eagerly searching for my mark and my language.  Daily frustration and struggle exists and this is a beauty of painting that I have discovered, that it will never be easy. A common question that arises is ‘ How do you know when a painting is finished?’. What I am discovering, if I am painting, using clay or pencil; that searching for that moment when a work reaches its truest moment, is what keeps you coming back day after day to the studio.  The search never ends and it is never complete.  For now it is in within the walls of the New York Studio School, that I am able to embark on this fortuitous journey.

Untitled, clay (2017)
Woman I, oil and oil stick on canvas, 25 x 50 inch (2017)
Seated Woman, clay (2018)

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