Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

I am a sophomore, and a double major Studio Arts and English. I am interested in questioning stereotypes in our society and conveying this through my art work. I am especially intrigued by beauty stereotypes, and how they have changed over time; also, how the media has control over many of these predispositions. English is another way to express my creativity. Through writing, but also how reading can expand the imagination. I love how a book can take you to a different place and time.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

A couple of years ago I visited a contemporary art museum in Boston, and I saw a show about tattoos. The artists tattooed on dolls, but they also did paintings with people with tattoos. I liked it because I don’t have a tattoo, but I do think that it is a form of art. It was interesting to see in a museum. Also, I enjoyed how it changed the classical portrait. It made it more interesting. This got me thinking of how to incorporate classical ideas, but add modern styles and ideas.

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

I just finished the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. It was a perfect series to read over winter break, a definite page turner. A futuristic society, Panem which is controlled by a dictator, President Snow, has Hunger Games every year to keep the society in its place. In these games two tributes from each of the twelve districts, one boy and one girl, from the ages of 12 to 18, are placed in a controlled environment and are forced to fight to the death. Only one tribute will come out alive. You may put your name in the pool for extra food, but the chances of you being picked increases. Katniss, the main character has put her name in over forty times for her family, so that her sister Prim does not have to. When the time comes to be picked for the 74th Hunger Games out of all the names, Prim is picked. In a panic, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She has to fight against a boy she has grew up with, Peeta.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

Art is one of my main interests. I love to learn about it, I love to do it. I paint and draw in my classes, but also whenever I have free time. I also taught myself to play the guitar, and I want to learn how to sew this semester.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

This will be the first blog that I check regularly.

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

Lately I have been drawn to concerts in general. I saw the Kooks at the Ogden in Denver a month or so ago, and it was wonderful. I love to see people who have talent, love their fans, and love what they do. It inspires me to learn to play the guitar more, and to find the feeling that they do when they’re playing. I love when an artist you love sounds better live than on their album.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

I was reading Slate magazine online about an article about Marilyn Monroe about her belongings that were in her house. It was interesting for two reasons. One is that she was smaller than a size three today. The reporter going through her things discovered that she was about the size of Kate Moss, but bustier. This astounded me, because Marilyn was always known as being “bigger.” The second thing in the article was that she had more books than clothing. She didn’t have that many material items. Her clothing showed surprising wear and tear. She just re-wore the same clothing over and over. It’s a surprising contrast to our celebrities nowadays, who cannot wear the same thing twice. It also reflects our society. How we can never have enough. Despite the fallacies about her size Marilyn still differs in many ways from her celebrity counterparts. This whole article just got me thinking about size, stereotypes, and what it takes to be glamorous.

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

Right now I am really interested in blending classical styles with contemporary ideas. In my painting class this semester, our first project is to blend these styles in some way. Weather this may be doing a contemporary painting, in a classical format, or taking a well-known classical painting and revamping it, I find this very fascinating. I am going to remake the girl with the pearl earring in a grunge style. I just think that blending the classic with the contemporary makes for an interesting work of art.

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

I’ve been to the Denver Art Museum, but not MCA or BMoca; I wish I had though. I’m looking forward to going this semester. A really interesting installation was “Still Men Out There” by Bjorn Melhus. It captured war in a completely new way than I’ve  ever seen before. TVs that were laying on their backs flashed lights, while speakers played quotes from war movies. It was just interesting how nowadays that we don’t have to have an image of war to know what is going on. It is engrained in our head.

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