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My name is Wylie Blais and I have graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. As some of you know, I focused this entire year on trying to describe some parts of feeling canine through my artwork and it is the work I presented to my faculty to graduate. I also have spent time at Massart studying architecture for two years before switching departments, and had a few medical issues to held me up. This has been a long journey.
I have included notes from my review board, the senior show, the show I put on in my parent’s house, and my future aspirations for this work. All of this material is available via google docs. I am making my review notes available, my statement is public, and you can always visit my website wylieblais.com. I have some images here, but to see all the images from my review and from my house show, please see these google doc files. Because I am (almost) sure that I am the only therian making 3D work about being a therian, I see no point to not sharing these pictures and documents freely for education purposes. They are not to be distributed or reprinted for commercial purposes whatsoever. Feel free to link to my work, share my documents, and email me if you have questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From my review notes you can tell that no one questioned the validity of my experiences, and were genuinely intrigued. I have never had a better review at Massart than my final review, which made me feel as though there was a future in this work for me and that I had actually made work that made people think, if even a little. I mention this in the face of numerous documentaries out there about the therian and otherkin experience: I am controlling my own media right now by trying to find a way to talk about being a canine person in the real world. I urge anyone out there who is a fine artist and a therian or otherkin person to reconsider any desire to show their identity through their work but didn’t if they were worried about ridicule. I have found nothing but curiosity and safety in the art community and personally feel as though the dialogs of art, craft and design may do us as well as those of other academic fields. While science and religion are two important spheres for understanding nonhuman identities, let us not forget that the arts are powerful languages of expression and exploration. If you are working in your craft currently and want to talk shop with another artist, please contact me. I have so far only known of O. Scribner as a reference for someone within the community making a very direct attempt in the arts to represent nonhuman identities and I would love to be educated otherwise.
I am in no way done with my journey as a fine artist now that I have graduated. I have been recently invited to a local show where I can continue to show the work I made this semester, and have numerous projects I expect to work on. I dream about an exhibition where many artists could display works specifically from the place of nonhuman identities and the questions it would inevitably ask. If I ever have the resources to facilitate either an online exhibition or project I certainly will. This work is my passion and no matter how long it takes, I want to make a long body of work describing who I am. Sculpting and performance are my natural go-to forms of language, and I imagine there must be others out there who have craft and wish to express themselves outside of writing. I hope to meet you in the future, other artists, and that we can discuss our similarities and differences through our pieces.
To those who have given me resources, time, editing assistance, critique, and all the help you know you have given, I cannot thank you enough. I send thanks to my friends and family who help me (and generously! Gosh I’m lucky) and to many strangers and anonymous identities on the web. THANK YOU.
· Mania’s Doe
· Coyote Hide Masks
· Fox Mask
· Phantom Teeth
· Stealing Skin
· Coyote Hat
· Coyote silicone cap and phantom paws
· investigations (various)
· Meat Neckpieces
· The Princess
(Please note this has been cross-posted)