Intellectual Profile – Elizabeth David

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

I am currently a junior working towards a double major in English and Studio Art. I have not picked a focus because I would consider my interests to be very wide-ranging. I am very interested in sculpture and painting, but also in photography, digital art, ceramics and mixed media. I am also pursuing the creative writing track of the English major and am  interested in writing short fiction, and poetry. I haven’t found my art work or writing to have a consistent theme, which is something I wish to work on in order to delve deeper conceptually into my work.

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

One exhibition I found very impressive was a show by Tara Donovan. I loved the way she was able to take everyday household objects and use them in a way never used before, and at first even make you question what the material is. When I walked into one of the rooms I had to read the sign to find out it was made out of straws. Her work is also interesting to me because of the way she sometimes emulates the natural world through these purely unnatural materials.

http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8

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

One book, or series of books which I read recently was the collection, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I really enjoy fiction and fantasy novels, and this was one that I really enjoyed. His incredibly quirky, outlandish, and interesting writing style is something I really admire and even tried to emulate in a short fiction piece of my own. He is someone I will certainly take inspiration from in the future.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, longboarding, writing and reading. I also really enjoy seeing live music though haven’t played any instrument since the piano at age 12. I was raised a ski racer by my dad, but added snowboarding to my repertoire in 6th grade and truly love both. They are actually the biggest reason I decided to come to CU Boulder; the mountains here are much better than most I could have found farther north on the east coast

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

This is my first blogging experience.

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.

This cultural event I would say definitely did not impress me, but shocked me. Unfortunately politics sort of go right over my head, and I cannot say that I know exactly what the Occupy movement is trying to do, the part that has shocked me is the police brutality that has become involved. One of many examples is the youtube video of UC David students getting pepper sprayed for a nonviolent protest in which they refused to move, and there is another story of an 84 year old woman pepper sprayed as well. I was truly shocked that it could come to this especially for people involved in a peaceful, if only disruptive movement.

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!

This article was actually assigned to me to read for a class this semester, but it is probably the best article I’ve ever had to read for a class before. It is basically all about how the word amateur in the art world has such a negative connotation, but it should not be so. Professionals are those seeking for a true focus and career in art, whatever their field may be; they are mostly aiming to make enough money for a living through their work. Amateur’s are those who pursue their art for the sheer love and desire of it. It was something that I had never thought of before and really enjoyed the inspirational idea of it.

http://rhizome.org/editorial/2009/apr/29/after-the-amateur-notes/

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.

An idea that was discussed in a class recently that I found very interesting is about how toys are influencing and conditioning children. So many toys are miniatures of the adult  world that the child will eventually become apart of. Smaller versions of bigger, real items don’t really allow for children to think outside of the box, they just allow the child to put that item into the role he/she knows it belongs. Baby dolls, mini kitchen sets, cars, army action figures, show children how to imagine the world as it is, with obviously some variance. It is when a child mixes and matches toys and puts things where they don’t belong that they can be seen to have a more imaginative mind, to create something that they haven’t already seen.

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

Unfortunately I have yet to go to any of these museums, but hope to attend them this semester.

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