This prompt asks artists to welcome us into their “sketchbooks,” construed in the widest and freest sense possible, in order to share their early stages of research, planning, and gathering inspiration. In order to roughly track the trajectory of artistic processes over the past year, we asked artists to send us one “sketchbook page” from every month since COVID-19 first impacted their life. Our contributing artists responded with a mixture of screenshots, sketches, selfies, scrawled notes, film stills, and more.
This prompt asks contributors to share an unfinished work that they’ve put aside for any reason, in an attempt to foreground the messiness, failures, and complicated feelings that surround the disruption of artistic production. Some of the artists plan to return to these works at some point, while some are satisfied with leaving them as they are. Others are noticing the ways that the loose threads of these works weave their way into future projects.
This prompt invites artists to tell us about their working space, or a specific tool within it, in the hopes of learning about how artists have adapted to new environments, constraints on physical space, and digital possibilities. How do they relate to these spaces? How do they feel and move their bodies within them?
About the Guild
The RISD Museum Guild is a group of undergraduate students from local colleges and universities who work toward representation, inclusion, and advocacy for student voices in the museum space. We typically plan and facilitate public programs that allow artists from local colleges to share their processes. During the pandemic, the RISD Museum Guild has had to adjust our modes of working collaboratively. Like you, we squished our faces into a shifting mosaic of Zoom rectangles, with members calling in from Providence, New Orleans, New Delhi, London, and more. Unravel: An Anti-Exhibition has grown out of this shared virtual space.