Susan Walicki- Intellectual Profile

Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.
I’m a junior here at CU working on a degree in studio art, and ceramics in particular. During my first year at CU I studied engineering, but never enjoyed it enough and decided to pursue my passion in art. Outside of the art department, I have especially liked classes in anthropology and philosophy.

Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.
This exhibition by Akio Takamori, I really like and found the presentation to be interesting. I like his use of the figure and inspiration from historical ceramics and his ancestry. I also think his presentation of figurines with blown up pictures of the figures is a really interesting way to display two different ways in which to view the pieces.

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.
I read a book called Antidiets of the Avant-Guard by Cecilia Novero about food art from the 1920s through the 1970s. The book included Marinetti’s futurist cookbook, and the Holy palate, and Daniel Spoerri’s influence in Eat Art. It was interesting reading about movements in art in an unconventional medium, and see how people were participating in art movements through the use of food.

4. What are your main interests besides art?
I’m interested in cooking, music, and outdoor sports.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?
I’ve never taken a real interest in blogging or keeping up with bloggers, but I do enjoy Jenna Marble’s comedy video 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.
I went to see West Side Story at the Ellie Caulkins theater in Denver recently and was amazed by the talent in the show. West Side Story has great music and choreography in general, and the show I saw had spectacular singers and dancers, and a huge energy throughout the entire show.

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 recently read an article about Eva Zeisel, who recently died at 105, described her long life as a ceramic artist and importance in the industry. Her opinions about women in ceramics and woman made objects in the home got me thinking about the objects we use and where they come from, and how the designer of an object changes the importance and use of that object. I was also very impressed with her rise to success in ceramics and her designs for lines of factory made pottery.

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.
Last semester I ended up doing some research about the Fluxus art movement while researching another project. I was really intrigued in thinking about how art is defined and the ever-blurring line between art and life. Later in the semester I attended a talk by Elaine Tin Nyo, her work consists of a lot of staging of events and performances. These ideas got me thinking and still leave me questioning my own definition of art and of life.

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 all three, and recently saw the Marvelous Mud exhibit at the DAM, which showcased a number of contemporary ceramic artist, all creating very different work.

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