intellectual profile – Alysia Davis

1. I am an undergraduate senior in the BFA for sculpture. In the fall of 2007 I transferred to CU Boulder from a community college in Colorado Springs. During my time at that school my emphasis was oil painting. Soon after transferring to CU I began acrylic painting and sculpture classes. Also I have my minor in Digital Media and a background in film production. For my science credits I take anthropology classes which I find revealing itself subconsciously in my work. I’m really excited about how this Contemporary Art lecture will inform my sculptural practice. 

2. A permanent sculptural installation that I am impressed by is the “Big Blue Bear” sculpture by Lawrence Argent. This massive sculpture at the Convention Center in Denver deals with space in an engaging manner. Viewers inside of the building and outside of the building are confronted by the scale. My favorite part of the sculpture is the way it breeches the skyline, bringing our eyes up. Although the feeling that I get from this sculpture is playful, it makes me think about how Colorado wild life is displaced due to development.

3. A book that I often use for inspiration and artistic research is Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence. I love the beautiful artwork and romantic storyline. However the love is far from conventional. Instead, an imaginary creation of the artist begins responding back through postcards and letters, which are all a sculptural part of the book. This tactile story of artist love never grows old for me.

4. Besides totally loving art, I love skateboarding on a beautiful day. Otherwise I love the rain, and I wouldn’t mind if it rained everyday, as long as the weather is warm. I spent my days dreaming, and my nights dreaming. I fit school and homework in between my dream states.

5. I actually don’t blog so this will take some practice for me. I Facebook everyday, and add pictures of my art or words from my poetry weekly. I probably don’t have my own blog because I use Facebook like a blog, but I’ am looking forward to reading blogs of my classmates. I think it’s a good way to participate.

6. I was really surprised by the actions country wide during the Occupy Event which continue. Large Scale protests are a powerful way for opinions and needs of the public to be expressed. I was moved by images of police brutality in the media, and by the will power of people to commit to the cause of a protest. Although I really feel strongly about issues and current events I could never picture myself camping out in a protest setting. However I am fascinated by people doing things in mass gatherings. I sat in on an interesting lecture about a protest movement for freeing Tibet. Rather than confrontations, Tibetan people have started a movement that supports their culture by only buying Tibetan goods, and speaking their language whenever possible. Students here on campus participate by texting and writing in Tibetan when they communicate with each other. I’m curious about how technology has influenced cultural events such as protesting.

7. I find this article on avoiding gender stereotypes a bit contradictory. The parents of a child waited five years before revealing the gender of their child. I believe that gender is an important part of identity, which begins at a very young age. I have seen better approaches to the gender stereotypes issue, that allow a child to choose how they want to dress and behave. Also making dolls available for boys and trucks available for girls is a proactive way to break gender walls. By hiding information, I think the parents are too hung up on labels and perhaps doing more damage.

8. I’m incredibly interested in the scientific hypothesis of multiple universes and parallel universes. For fun,  I look up articles on time, and watch television shows about space. Discovery and PBS are my favorite channels for programming on topics that I like.

9. I went to the MCA in Denver to check out the “West of Center” exhibit. This show was about the psychedelic culture of the 60s, but in my opinion the show was a bit underwhelming and not psychedelic enough. The photos were small and most of the exhibits made no attempt to reach out and engage the viewer. Even the video installation with 60s media images was out of touch, kind of like a cliché montage of the digital age’s critique of the 1960s counter culture. I did love the building, however! It is an excellent space for contemporary work and I will go back when there is a new exhibit.

2 Responses

  1. Hey Alysia, I agree with many of your comments- the “Big Blue Bear” is quite captivating in relation to spacial quality, and the Occupy movement is very moving and inspirational. I also share your interests in space- if you find any good articles or programs, I would LOVE if you could post them somewhere! :) I enjoyed reading your profile- I think you’ll do great at blogging!

  2. Hey thanks so much for reading this:) I usually find spaces by chance from walking around and talking pictures. the sculpture program at cu is really good if you have time:)

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