Works In-Process: a show featuring the Creative Research of the current 4th year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students at Thompson Rivers University (showing at the KAC Courthouse Galleries from January 13th-27th 2023, with a closing reception on January 21st from 2-4 pm)
Visual Arts students in their final year of study undergo a process that can seem mysterious to non-artists. Terms like “creative research” and “methodologies of creation” sound like esoteric jargon, but an emerging artist knows that their capstone year requires a rigorous work ethic to produce a result that exemplifies (if not satisfies) their imaginings – producing pieces of art that evoke what they want them to. Here are the interviews of participating students. They are talking about the process and intention of their art pieces.>> 4th year BFA interview QuestionsAnswers
This is no mean feat. The student-artist tries again and again to get the work just right, often through the lenses of different media and methods of investigation. Sometimes the final artwork looks nothing like the research from which it comes. Small sculptures (maquettes) evolve into drawings or installations; photographs become painted works or much larger, more abstracted photo-based works. The possibilities are endless. This type of creative research is the path of artistic process to reach unforeseen ends (sometimes they do not get the result they anticipated; sometimes the artwork takes on a life of its own). Often, this process can be the most interesting part of the whole production for the artist but never makes it into public view. And sometimes it can.
The intention of this show is to display some of the creative research and works-in progress of TRU’s current 4th year BFA class as they approach the mid-way point in their final year and their final BFA Exhibition slated for April 2023. We hope that this exhibition provides a sense of demystification about what art students, indeed all artists, “do” in their visual arts practice.