It has taken me a month to get to this moment. It has helped to spatially lay out the images and relevant words/text next to each image, and then I could start constructing a visual narrative that made sense to me. All the elements were moveable, so endless variations ensued. In the end, the spatial/visual model was what worked for me.
On a parallel plane of action, I was able lay out the visuals/text in a wonderful church-turned-gallery next door to my house. Below I have included images of the building and the gallery where I am working on my thesis. I feel very blessed to be using this wonderful space. And it is possible that my husband and I will be buying the building sometime this fall/spring! I have needed a larger studio space and venue for showing my work for a long time. I hope to continue reaching out to my extended community, as I have done with the Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, in meaningful ways. We are located on the Finger Lakes wine trail, surrounded by a large number of top-notch wineries that produce some of the finest red and white wines in the country. My hope is to create a place - indeed a PLACE - that has serves many purposes (music, theatric performances, movies, farmer's market???) but above all a place to celebrate artists and their creations, including mine!
Here is the beginning phases of the installation and thesis work spread out on the floor!
The sanctuary downstairs:
Stairway up to the gallery:
Outside views of the church: