When I first applied for the dual studio/ administrative internship at Gallery Aferro I had no expectations. I applied on a whim and figured it would be a great way to gain some experience in my field and simultaneously earn a couple of extra credits for school.
My first week working at Aferro was quite a whirlwind. The week I started was the week of the silent auction party and I got to learn many new things I had never done before. Some of them including hanging vinyl and spackling – which was surprisingly therapeutic. The party itself was a blast and I felt a strong sense of responsibility working on the front team. We were in charge of checking the guests in at the beginning of the evening and totaling the damages spent by everyone at the end of the night.
Post auction included a lot of wrapping art and moving parts. Juno and I wrapped most of the art that didn’t get carried away the night of the auction and then moved the pieces around the gallery accordingly.
A few weeks in I started working with the artist I was paired with, Ken. Working with Ken was a lot of fun. He was working on a series of skull paintings, which he developed a technique for that involved painting many layers of bright colors, alternating between opposites for each layer. I got to mix a bunch of paints for this process, which was very relaxing, and I hadn’t done in forever. He was also working on a series involving dreams where I got to put my super small handwriting to use and write out dreams in tiny varying shapes. I also put together a dozen or so frames and stretched canvas over all of them. I had never done that before so it was cool to learn a new process. It got my brain thinking how many canvases exist and how hard it is just to get one of the corners to be perfect.
The majority of my time at Aferro was spent documenting Anne McKeown’s work. Anne works in a multitude of mediums and has focuses on many different subjects. I am so inspired by her work and she has reminded me that as an artist you don’t have to just do one thing. You can easily be a photographer and a painter. You can mix and match mediums and do it all, all the time.
After photographing all of the artwork I would download them onto the computer to start editing. I enjoyed editing the photos and I learned a lot of new tricks on Photoshop. I never edit any of my photos but it was cool to see what you are able to do with distortion and warping.
Since working at Aferro I haven’t really created much art of my own but I am leaving feeling inspired and grateful for all of the amazing art I had the pleasure of witnessing and taking part in. I am ready to let my creativity run wild as I dive head on into another culture and I’m eager to see what the future holds.