I'm back! The jet lag wasn't as bad as I had worried and Mikel says I look healthier now than when I left. I think I was just glowing to be back in Alfred. It was heaven to be able to speak English and to speak to people who like art. I talked to everyone I could: friends, teachers, people who I recognized from when I lived in Alfred but never knew their names, people at the airport, random people at the Galleria mall in Buffalo, anyone at all interested in chatting, really. I never realized how much I have been trapped inside myself here due to language and cultural barriers. Fascinating, really. It's like I had taken a mini vow of silence and decided to take a week off. I really feel like myself again.
My slide talk was really fun to give and totally inspired me to get back in my studio right away. Above you can see some more bits I added onto my "Landscape of Enough." I will be adding 2D/wall-based elements soon so I moved my entire studio across the room today to be able to utilize the wall space. It doesn't make for the best room composition, but I have less than two months left here so it's more important that I finish this piece than worry about fen shui (I should really start packing soon anyway so I can figure out what to get rid of and how we are going to get the rest of it to Vermont.) I have a few more days before the new school year starts. I plan to go from eating to studio to movie watching to eating to studio to movie watching. Sleep is in there somewhere too.