Paige Feldkamp, a junior at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Art and plans to go onto grad school. In her student statement she wrote:
My love for watercolor started as a way of connecting to my grandmother, who is also a watercolorist. I am also very interested in embroidery and sewing as ways of documenting history and moving it into the present. Looking forward into my senior year and on to Grad School I am excited about the routes my art will take. I do not feel like I would be where I am if the professors at my community college had not been as encouraging. It is inspirational to think about the impact they have had, and I would like to return that someday. It is my goal to graduate Grad School and pursue Teaching at a College level.
As a second Semester Junior I have felt like a real artist for the first time. I have a studio and a strong drive to make art constantly. I have started to develop a healthy professional practice of work that revolves around family connections and history. I strive for feelings of nostalgia and home in my work as well.
I moved to Baltimore four years ago to pursue higher education. After high school, I worked at an Assisted Living home in a memory care unit in Michigan. I loved my job and I still feel passionate about caring for the elderly; I enjoyed the time spent talking to the women who lived there and creating real bonds with them. Working so closely with them I began thinking about the way we lose ourselves and our connections to others. It felt like it should have been a sobering reality, but it was freeing and beautiful. I felt inspired and the art I had been making my whole life began growing and expanding. I also began feeling like anything I would make could barely convey what I wanted. I decided to go to college to further my ability. When I started it was just to take a few classes at Anne Arundel Community College, but the more I took the more I fell in love with fine art. I had amazing professors that encouraged and pushed me to apply to shows such as The League of Innovation in the Community College (2017), which I placed third in, and other competitions.