Intellectual Profile- Danielle Mulein

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

I am a senior finishing my degree in Journalism, emphasis in News Editorial, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I have been fortunate enough to intern at premiere fashion public relation firms, where I’m sure the next step of my life will lead.  Journalism is a means to an end for me though. My passion and captivated interest lie in Women and Gender Studies. I am focused on eventually changing the portrayal of women and girls in the media, to phrase simply.

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

My mind immediately goes to an exhibition I viewed in Florence, Italy spring 2012. I was studying abroad in Italy, studying art history of course, and was completely mystified daily by my trips to the Academia or Uffizi. However, this impressive exhibition was Damien Hirst’s ‘For the Love of God’. It is an 18th century skull covered in diamonds with a large pear shaped pink diamond placed in the center of the forehead. My friend and I had the rare chance of being alone in the dark room where we were able to dissect the cavity, inside and out. It was a raw moment of beauty, which is why it became such a potent memory. It is an innate human characteristic to think of death when viewing a skull, but this piece was not that transparent. The skeleton is the simplest core of a human being, yet it possesses instant thoughts of cold and distressing death. For me, this piece brought light and beauty to something most of us cannot even fathom.

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

I am currently reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ fictional novel Middlesex. It is a story about a hermaphrodite and his boisterous Greek family. Cal is the main character who until the age of 16 was Callie. He goes through his family’s lineage to his grandparents who originated from Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to find the reason for his chromosomal difference. I am captivated and look forward to rest of the book.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

I love to cook. It has turned into a time for me to relax and just be creative, and I think food is delicious! I have been doing yoga for 8 years. I try to practice as much as I can, even if it means putting myself through a class in my room between classes. I enjoy reading whether it is books, newspapers, or magazines. Another interest of mine is fashion. To me clothing is art. It can be just as dramatic, moving, and inspiring as a detailed piece of artwork. And no one can deny it is an integral part of our society.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

Twitter has become my connection to information so I don’t really check blogs but I read Jezebel and DailyCandy.

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.

Every Sunday from morning through the afternoon Fairfax High School’s parking lot transforms into my own personal oasis, Melrose Trading Post. The LA landmark turns into a flea market filled of booths overflowing with jewelry, art, records, furniture, art, photography, clothing, and other miscellaneous items. People from all walks of life are present, generations upon generations.

A flea market is not always considered a cultural event, especially in the United States. However, it is simply a marketplace, a location for people to gather, exchange goods, learn something new, and/or see something different.  In Italy it is a way of life. Portobello Market in London is a diverse and celebrated event.

Maybe this is not something new that has impressed me, since it was not my first encounter. However, it never ceases to impress and it was the last cultural event I attended.

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!

Yesterday, January 23, marks the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Huffington Post wrote an article remarking on President Obama’s speech about the importance of women’s health and his strong support for pro-choice rights. They also included information from Newt Gingrich about his support for the personhood act. I don’t need to tell you that illegalizing abortion, raped women included and banning contraception, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research could be one of the largest set backs our country would face. I don’t need to tell you any of this, but who doesn’t like being educated? It is now an election year and regardless of who you vote for or what you believe in, it never hurts to be informed.

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.

A primary thought that I have been trying to really root to my life, is to truly appreciate the beauty in the world around us. It is my belief that people often get caught up in the daily tasks of life and eventually loose sight of the simplicity and grace surrounding us. Maybe this spiritual mentality is too obvious to some, but it resonates with me.

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 have been to the Denver Art Museum, and I am not sure if the 1960’s and 1970’s print music posters was at the Denver Art Museum or MCA Denver. It was mind blowing though and I really appreciated the use of color and design technique.

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