Gemma Y Lopez Blog

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A lot of randomness

This weekend was pretty nice- well more like Saturday gave off this optimistic feeling that good weather was here to stay. Ha, I spoke too soon because Sunday came and it was overcast all over again:   

One cool thing about Sunday: clouds rolling by really fast.

Yesterday after class, I stayed in the studio we're in and took some self-portraits with objects for my final project of this semester. I am not sure if they're going to work. We'll see. Here are the behind the scenes set up:

I may be going to L.A. next week...big MAYBE. I'll be visiting some relatives that are in town and I think I can take advantage of being home by taking some self-portrait pictures and adding to the series that I've been working on.

MFA Application Results

It's been awhile since my last post (thanksgiving weekend). I got very caught up with the whole application process for graduate school- which swallowed up my Christmas vacation. I didn't even have time to hang out with friends, previous co-workers, or family. Nonetheless, I knew my portfolio had to get done no matter what and it had to be strong, convincing and full of hard-work. I ended up re-doing my whole portfolio and I am surprised I was able to pull it off and complete it on time. I only applied to two schools: The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, the school I am currently in for my post- baccalaureate degree) and The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC.

After I turned in my applications I was drained. I think it sucked up all my energy and creativity because this spring semester I have been lagging. It was a very emotional process for me-  I had so many nervous breakdowns (the only other time I had breakdowns were 3 years ago during my architectural degree project). Anyway, in the end it was all worth it.

Here are some images of the whole process:

     

                                                    

You are probably wondering "so did she get in?" I am happy to say that YES- I did get into both schools! I was beyond ecstatic. The problem was, what school should I choose? When I received the phone call from SVA saying that I got in, I was on the street and I freaked out. I jumped, cried, started to shake, screamed- a bunch of emotions ran through me and it was then that I knew that NYC was really where I want to be. So in the fall of 2011, I will begin the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts. I am truly happy that I got into such a competitive program. I'll be leaving SF in June, going back home for the month of July and making the biggest move of my life (thus far) in August. The count down begins.

SFAI Graduate Open Studios

Today was the open studios event at the SFAI graduate studios on 3rd street. I was able to pin up my work and showcase what I have worked on. I pinned up what I feel is my most developed work which are the digital composites and manual collages of the baseball stadium. It turned out to be a really good event and I got to see what other students have been working on. It actually got me motivated to finish the semester strong. Here are some of my fellow post-baccalaureate class mates setting up for the event:

                  

The following are some snapshots of art, people. and the event itself:

          

          

          

          

                                    

The Weekend

This weekend? Nothing...I did not do anything in particular besides the usual editing.But what made this weekend special were two things: 1. The non-frozen dinner that I ate at Starbucks:

So it's not gourmet and there's probably nothing really tasty about this panini but coming from a girl that eats Trader Joe's frozen meals everyday, this was a nice change of pace for once. I was also out of my room which has become my working cave since moving up here. I was happy about my productive Saturday night.

2. The second special thing:

I must confess my Sunday was spent sleeping and trying to deal with my Sinus headache. When I finally woke up (5pm, but who's keeping time?) I decided to take a walk and I am really glad I did. The weather outside felt like the summer nights in L.A. with a touch of a mild breeze. The sky looked like a painting especially with the reflection on the waterfront. The most productive thing about my Sunday was actually going outside and enjoying this view.