Intellectual Profile –Jillian Fox

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

I am a Journalism major studying Public Relations. I chose an emphasis in art history because it is one of my favorite things to study. I think it’s the best way to approach studying any kind of history because it reflects a human response to all of the events that happen in the world. The critical thinking skills that I have been developing through studying art history will help my future career in Public Relations will be so beneficial in solving problems creatively.

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

An exhibition I studied that I found most impressive was Xu Bing’s “A Book from the Sky”. I thought it was so creative and powerful and had such a profound meaning. The fact that the artist was able to think about the issues happening in China in such a different way is incredible.

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

A book that I have read recently was “Into the Wild”. It is a non-fiction novel about a young man from a wealthy family who was extremely intelligent with a very promising future ahead of him. He decided to break off from the materialistic world after graduating college and live on his own with no money and very few belongings. He traveled across the country relying on the kindness of strangers and working for a place to stay and his next meal. His human response to the materialistic world around him inspired him to make this adventure on his own. During the adventure he had very little communication with a few close friends he made along the way and sent a few letters to his extremely concerned family who had no idea of his location. His travels eventually led him to wander into the wild of Alaska and live alone off the land with the few items he had. In the end, his body was recovered in an old bus stranded in the Alaskan terrain.

His travels were so expressive of the way he thought about the world and the human condition. It is not directly related to art, however, the expressive nature of his life travels and decisions are similar to pieces done by any artist. Humans wonder about the purpose of life and each individual’s response is an artistic expression of any kind.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

My main interests other than art are writing, media, and public relations. These fields could be considered as forms of art, but they are just what I am more drawn to than other interests.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

The blogs I check regularly are the “Denver Public Relations Blog”  and the “Denver Egotist”, a marketing and advertising blog.

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.

Recently, I visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. I was very impressed with a Man Ray exhibition, “Man Ray and Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism”. I had never heard of him before that visit and I was so impressed by how beautiful his photos were of Lee Miller. He was an artist during the Surrealism movement. The romantic aspect of the love affair between the two was also incredible. His work captured their creative relationship so beautifully. I especially was impressed with the love letters that he wrote to Lee Miller. You could feel their relationship and the raw emotions throughout the whole exhibit, which I thought was particularly amazing.

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!

Recently, I read an article in the Huffington Post about the SOPA act. The SOPA act gives the government the power to shut down websites without a trial. Fighting piracy and copyright infringement is what inspired the act. It really had me thinking about the government’s power and how they are getting more and more power to control means of communication. Government censorship is a scary thing to me because we would not be getting all of the information about our world or country. I understand why Wikipedia protested this act. If you think about it open communication between citizens around the world is vital. Ignorance is not bliss and not knowing certain information greatly affects everyone’s lives.

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.

Even though the SOPA act got shut down, the creator of Mega Upload is still being charged with so many things. These types of crimes that our government chooses to put on display for the world are, in my opinion, not the ones we should be most concerned about. I think we should be more concerned about wars that are tearing countries apart or preventing genocide. These thoughts really make me think about the values of our world and how much I want to change it for the things I believe in.

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

No, unfortunately I have not visited any museums in Colorado yet, besides our CU Museum. At the CU Museum, I saw a 12th century dragon capital by an unknown artist. It was a square block of limestone featuring dragonheads twisting around various vegetations. I wrote a paper on what the imagery of the capital meant for a medieval artist and the medieval viewer. It was so fascinating because there was so much mystery about the piece and some of the different meanings I interpreted were somewhat contradictory so it really got me thinking.


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