Spring 18 Semester Summary

This essay is a summary of my first semester in the low-residency MFA program. I’ve divided the semester into three sections: mentorship, practice, and study. First, I will discuss my work with my creative mentor; then I will review my practice and imagemaking; I will...

Defining and Expanding the Idea of Portraiture

Last month the Museum of Modern Art broadcast a livestream lecture with a question and answer session called Expanded Portraiture. The event was held in conjunction with the MoMA’s current show Being: New Photography 2018. In the video, artists and curators discuss...
May 18 MFA Studio Work Update

May 18 MFA Studio Work Update

Greg my mentor stresses that it’s not good enough to make pictures, they need to be beautiful. As the semester comes to a close, I feel I’ve not made many beautiful images; save the one here at the top of the page. I lost my way a bit this semester, my...

MFA Work Update

Last week I had a Zoom meeting with my mentor Greg Miller. We reviewed my work with models Suzi, Billy, Regina and brother-in-law Danny. In the review he noted that some of the images were going in a different direction and he wanted to know what that was about. He...

New Tumblr

One of my MFA requirements is to keep a blog. I’ve been updating this site with new work, but I also started a tumblr, Eileen’s MFA. On the tumblr I have recent work, but also I have artists I’m watching; shows or workshops I’ve attended, and...

MFA Essay: Balthus in the Age of #metoo

Balthus’ Thérèse Dreaming in the Age of #metoo In December 2017, I came across a New York Times article entitled, “We Need to Talk About Balthus.” The piece detailed the genesis of an online petition created by sisters Mia Merrill, 30, and Anna Zuccaro, 26 that sought...

MFA: Comparative Analysis Paper

Comparative Analysis: Willem de Kooning’s Woman I and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Pygmalion and Galatea At first glance, Willem de Kooning’s imposing, frenetic masterpiece, Woman I, appears to have little in common in with Jean-Léon Gérôme’s precise and controlled Pygmalion...
MFA: January 18 Residency Review

MFA: January 18 Residency Review

A week after I returned from my first 10-day residency at Lesley, I began to write down some informal notes in preparation for this paper. I spent an hour or so compiling details from classes, artists’ talks, seminars, and critiques. When I finally put my pencil down...
MFA Work in Progress: Janus

MFA Work in Progress: Janus

As a child I loved to read mythology: Greek, Norse, Roman. As an adult, I seem to gravitate toward the myths and gods that are most relevant to my personal timeline. When I was running marathons, it was the goddess of the hun Artemis; when I was in graduate school for...