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The End of the Summer

Evan Baden

Rough version of new work

Rough version of new work

It’s here again. The end of the summer. For the third and final time, I am getting ready to head through Columbia’s doors. I am looking forward to what this year–which will be very different from the last two–will hold.For my third and final year, I have no obligation to be at the critique class that has been part of my MFA education over the course of the past two years. For me, it is a much welcomed break. While I always like talking about work on the walls, I don’t really enjoy putting my own up, at least not until it is far enough along that I feel comfortable with it.

Rough version of new work

Rough version of new work

I am also excited about starting something new, something with a wider berth than some of my previous work. Brazil had such an impact on my image making that I am going to leave behind what I have been working on for the last two years. I now feel that I have a really strong body of work from my MFA period. Because of that, I don’t feel the pressure of creating something over this last year that has weight. It is time for me to just make images I am interested in making, even if they have no connection to one another, and see where it takes me.

The high school environment is still of great interest to me, and now I feel like I have the time to see if I can work my way into that environment and make some work. And I am finally relaxed enough to not worry–at least right away–what the work I make is about. I am going to let the images guide me more. I am just going to have some fun.

The End of the Summer

It’s here again. The end of the summer. For the third and final time, I am getting ready to head through Columbia’s doors. I am looking forward to what this …

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