Intellectual profile- Jasmine Lewis

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

My name is Jasmine Lewis and I am currently a sophomore majoring in studio art. I am also in the process of declaring art history as a second major. I have a varying range of academic interests and prior to beginning college I debated pursuing an art degree, but I finally decided to go for what I love most and focus on my art. My emphasis in studio arts is painting, but I also really enjoy using a wide range of materials and creating mixed media pieces. The plan is to apply for the BFA program and I definitely want to attend graduate school when I am done at CU Boulder.

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

The last exhibit I saw at the Denver Art Museum, Blink!, was really interesting because I had never seen art that was technology driven. Most of the exhibits I had previously been to included art that was more traditional, such as paintings and sculptural pieces. I enjoyed how different and strange the art looked and it also had an interactive element that really involved the viewer. There were a few pieces that seemed to be talking directly to the audience. One of my favorite pieces from the exhibit was called “still men out there.” The installation was in a dark room with several T.V. monitors and sounds clips from different war movies that played in a loop. The televisions had no images but they would flash in conjunction with the audio clips. The instillation created a very interesting atmosphere and I think it was so powerful because there was a lack of image.

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

I tend to start reading several books at once but not really finish any of them in a reasonable amount of time, so right now I’m in the middle of Under the Dome by Stephen King, Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Pride and Prejudice. I picked up a book a few weeks ago and it was really engaging so I finished it in a few days. It was called Thirteen Reasons Why, and it is a sort of dramatic mystery. It centers on a high school girl who commits suicide and creates thirteen tapes before her death. Each tape is about a different person in her life who contributed to her decision to take her own life. The tapes were then sent to the people on the tapes in chain letter fashion and each person has to continue to send them or another copy of the tapes will be released publicly, and there is definitely controversial information on them. It was a pretty fast read, but I found the story interesting and saddening at the same time. It really created an effective commentary on the interconnectivity of people and how everyday decisions can have huge effects on others.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

Besides art, another main interest of mine is music. I love listening to all types of music and I also enjoy making it. I have played the Viola since I was eight and is really fun being a part of an orchestra. Since starting college I haven’t played the Viola as much, but I am currently learning how to play the guitar. So far it is really enjoyable and I am excited to learn more.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I’m not really an avid reader of blogs so there is only one that I follow regularly. A good friend of mine introduced me to Hyperbole and a half a while ago and I personal think it is hilarious and the drawings are pretty amazing. If you like quirky humor I would recommend it. My two favorite posts on the blog were the god of cake and the alot.

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.

It has been really interesting following the occupy movement and many other large protests that have occurred throughout the world over the last year. I think it has made a lot of progress, not only getting people thinking about important issues and taking action, but actually making change. I was really impacted by the protests in other countries because there was a lot more at stake. I remember reading an article about a 26-year-old street vendor in Tunisia who set himself on fire in protest. It was such a powerful act and I really admire him for giving up his life for something he believed in.

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 read an article recently on the BBC news website about famine Africa and the lack of response by aid organizations and other nations. The article was titled “slow response to East Africa famine cost lives,” and discussed how a slow response to an “imminent” drought led to the loss of thousands of lives. I wasn’t previously aware that a large portion of the devastation was due to a slow reaction, by both the leaders of the effected countries and the international community as a whole. An interesting quote for the article was “many donors wanted proof of a humanitarian catastrophe before acting to prevent one.” It was concerning that so many people died of starvation and a lot of the situation could have been prevented with a quicker response time.

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.

I took a sociology class last semester and it was really interesting to learn about how many outside influences affect who we are and the people we become. It made me question the decisions I have made throughout life and the influence that family, friends, and society has on the way I live life and view the world around 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 but I haven’t been to MCA Denver or BMoca Boulder. An art instillation that I remember seeing was fox games by Sandy Skoglund. I thought the art piece was very playful and mischievous and I liked that the entire space was red. It was a very memorable in

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