Time In-Between: Temporal Matter(s) - MFA First Year Exhibition
Each spring the MFA First Year Exhibition is an opportunity for candidates across the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies to showcase their artistic development as they all near the conclusion of their first year of graduate school. All of these artists, designers, craftspeople, activists, community builders, writers and more certainly find themselvesin a “time in-between”; all occupying a time of transition and revelation in their studies as they prepare to stride into their final year, but concomitantly inhabiting a space beyond the school environment that is ever-shifting, temporal, and pervasively revelatory.
“Time In-Between: Temporal Matter(s)” is an exemplification of the desire to recreate understanding – understanding of grief, memory, knowledges, vulnerability, sacredness, futurity, and defining one’s self. My own grad school mentor described graduate school as being a time where “every cell in her body was replaced” recreating her anew, a metaphor I readily adopted for myself in that time. I see this phenomenon in-action throughout the works of all of these students.
Present throughout this show is pensive self-reflection, a genuine exposition of sensitive experimentation, an articulation of joys and sorrows and of both being and wrestling with “temporal matters”.
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome all to view this exhibition after two years of complications impeding access and the ability to celebrate the labor and love of our first year students.
The 2022 MFA First Year Exhibition serves as a purposeful reminder to revel in the in-between times, honor and acknowledge the temporary, and cherish what matters mean the most to each of us.
Hannah Bakken Interim Director, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture