(Originally written 17/09/18 2.30pm)
Today we looked through old students’ portfolios to evaluate what worked what could do with extra attention.
I honestly feel very underwhelmed by them.
I believe my concept of a portfolio was pretty much just a collection of finished pieces, presented in a neat and sensible way. I found the ones we viewed to be quite cluttered, and they lacked a cohesive thread to tie their pieces together. There were odd bits of paper at funny sizes put in with other work that was mounted, and I feel like they most of all lacked consistency.
We spoke of the value of editing, which for me is always very difficult. Assessing the value of a piece seems very contextual, so it isn’t easy to just “trim the fat.”
It is important to consider how a piece is mounted; is it of a good size, are the measurements accurate, the colour of the surrounding paper, etc. Another vital component is the quality of the photograph (if the work itself cannot be included). Lighting, background, and angle need to be taken into consideration to ensure you are showcasing the best representation of your work.
For me, I am still questioning the overall nature of the projects that should be included. Naturally, it is important to show that you are capable of many things, but should that be done at the expense of showcasing what you excel at?
Today I was able to do a little personal drawing, and I have surprised myself with how I now feel far more freedom to enjoy the act of creating. After allowing myself to loosen up at college, I can appreciate sketching as an opportunity to learn and grow, as opposed to feeling that every part of my sketchbook must be a masterpiece. It’s liberating, and I am finding far more inspiration without being weighed down by the shackles of perfectionism.