Monday, November 24, 2008

About Being Old

I have many blessings in my life when I become the ripe old age of 71. I will have twin, because I say so, and I will be married to the love of my life. I hope to have already had at least one grandchild and spoil them rotten. My sister will be 50ish and we will spend a lot of time together. I will have finished my career as a sign language interpreter and will hopefully be teaching until I can't anymore. I will have had 7 surgeries in my life, one birth, a piece of my rib removed and been in 3 car accidents (none of them life-threatening). I plan to have two houses and go skiing regularly. I also learned 5 different languages by this time and will have traveled to over 20 countries. I lived a life of serenity and peace.

Me Painted as Modigliani :)

I just thought that this was pretty cool!

Old Images

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The work of an artist, when (s)he is thinking in a curatorial sense as well, I think would be very complicated. The artist must plan ahead to where (s)he will place his/her items in a museum or exhibition. There are many different ways in which a curator or artist can categorize his artwork, time period, color, theme, objects, etc. I find that color could have a huge impact on where the curator places the piece of art. The curator could want two non-complimentary pieces to sit next to each other in order to give a certain feeling or emotion. On the other hand, the curator could want to viewer to feel comfortable with the images instead of startling him/her or could want it to be very pleasing to the eye when viewing the images/sculptures/etc. I looked up Fred Wilson and I did not find out very much about him curating museums. The only thing that pbs says is that he “mined in museums.” I am not really sure what that is. The artist also has a different eye when looking at his or her own work. The artist is giving it a critical eye but not the same as a curator or viewer would. I think this has a huge impact on where to place images as well. The curator is required to critique the image, as we do in class, based upon different elements and then is required to place the images accordingly. I do not know what else to write about for two more pages, sorry, but here you go :)

Color Assignment

1. Color is the reflection of light that our eyes see. When we see a color, we actually see every color but that color. There are three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. You can make secondary colors by mixing two of these. To make tertiary colors, you would mix three of these. I also know that there are colors that we cannot see; infared and ultraviolet.

2. My favorite color is pink. This is the first color that I assigned as my favorite color when I was about four or five. I liked this color then because I thought it was pretty. I changed from that color when I was about nine or ten to purple because I thought that pink was too typical for a girl and I wanted to be different. As I grew older, pink became more and more common in pop culture and I realized that I really, really, really do like pink more than purple and I had only chosen pink because I was trying to be different.

3. I like all different shades of pink.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Four Rooms

Things I need to get and great ideas!!!
-beds (wire and cloth)
-dirt (mud to possibly smear on walls)
-Chain door (use wire from beds)
-wheelchair (can use wire from bed,
can use wood already purchased)

Asylum Ideas... Scary Pictures


--Possibly using this as a model

--Need to find other models in case this is not what I want

--Walls are perfect! How to render?

--Should this be the red room?

--Beds should be easy to create using shredded material and wire

--Use wire to make furnace

-------MUST HAVE FURNACE-------

--Possibly getting sticks to make vines coming through boarded window

--Boarded windows??

--Shredded curtains?


--Possibly using wood piece already purchased

--Use wire to make wheels

--Put this in red room???

--Use dirt on floor of this room, maybe, maybe not

--Find out what good contrast would be for surrounding rooms

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

152 Words...

Although I feel that I am a horrible drawer/artist, I have a wild imagination. At first I was greatly embarrassed by what I had drawn and yet I felt that I had accomplished what I wanted. The main topics (hallucination, dream, etc.) can actually be thought of in some ways as one in the same. I typically do not like group work at all. I like to do things at my own pace and I find it difficult to work in a team because you must rely on others and they must rely on you. This time, though, was not that bad at all. In our group it was sort of like a single person project anyway. Each one of us got a piece of paper and designed what we though the topic was about. I liked that we all kind of decided on that and it worked out well for everyone.


Barnett Newman
Title: Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?
Media: Oil on Canvas
Date: 1966

Statement — June 7, 1943

"1. To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.

2. This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.

3. It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way not his way.

4. We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.

5. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism.

There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.

We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. That is why we profess spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art."

. . . . . by Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman.

Fearful Faces/Gestures