Date Completed: March 2016
This chalkboard wall was painted for a previous student who drew simple, but beautiful line drawings almost every week. After the student graduated, one of her drawings remained but the wall had been untouched for over a year. One of my good friends pushed me to take the opportunity to create something on a large scale – this was definitely the largest work that I completed at the time, and my first work in a public space! After meeting with the department head and getting the okay, I was good to go.
I started working around 10PM on a Sunday night, hoping to be in an empty building. Of course, dedicated art students are always there at weird hours. I also didn’t want to be caught by anyone erasing the previous artwork, since it had been there for so long and everyone had loved it (I didn’t want to be known as that girl that took it away). I ended up staying past 3 in the morning to finish it.
My friend and I really admire Lauren Hom’s work, who’s art style was my inspiration for this piece. She’s done a number of beautiful chalk pieces that communicate ideas really well. I also love the transient nature of chalk – it can be erased, can always be reworked, and not to mention, cheap!
Me (5’1″) for scale
This photo was sent to me by the Department Head, showing the finished project in view while a painting class is in session. It gave the area a renewed vibrancy and a motivational message about the talented students we have at the School of Fine Arts. Now, the chalkboard wall is used for other student projects, continually being used to express new ideas.