Throughout this semester I have taken away a lot of different perspectives about art itself. From the ideas of Glenn, to the conversations with the artists, and from the presentations about past photographers. I think I was most impacted from the presentations about the photographers because one; I am a photographer and two; I thought most of the photographers were very edgy and were successful because they took those risks and stood out from the rest. The photographs made me feel certain ways and develop emotion and had me look at life in a different perspective. Which to me, if art can make me develop feelings then it is true art. I also loved talking to each of the SOA artists as well because I thought each gallery brought their own backgrounds and opinions to life. Art is a reflection to the world and society around us. It is another way to send out messages and that's what I felt the Artist really did this semester. A lot of them I shared similar opinions with, so instead of a more “interview” style it was an actual conversation which I took away so much more from. And as for Glenn, I have learned so much more than I could have asked for. Coming to class each time and often getting question as to what art is or what we are even doing at this school. Most of the professors I have been exposed to at this school have never questioned what the purpose of being here is. Why we are tested by multiple choice, why we aren't asking what the meaning to life is, why we are rushed to finish school, why we have to know exactly what we want to pursue, and so on. So it was a breath of fresh air when a professor comes into your life and starts to question everything.
I recently switched my major from Business Management to Fashion Design and it is a decision I am so stoked about. Fashion design has always been something on my mind, so this decision didn’t come by surprise to me. Art will always be apart of my life because I plan to design my own clothing line that enhances the idea of feminist empowerment. I am also so passionate about photography and videography that it will never leave my life. As a photographer I see art in pretty much everything; from the way people interact, to the way we love, and how nature is formed. It’s everywhere, it just takes a second for your eyes to wander and capture it. For me I chanell the most accomplishing form of art through the feelings of a photo. A photo should capture a moment and then take the viewer to that day to that space of emotions. If you can look at a photo no matter it be a person’s facial posture, or body position, or the light of the sun reflecting the canyons, or a simple object, if it can project some type of feeling brewing up inside of a person then that is art coming to life. Every photo that is taken comes with a story. As corny as that sounds it is true. And as people we are all self made story tellers, it’s just a matter of how we project it. I was involved in photojournalism at my high school and our biggest thing that we had to remember was that “how can we capture what is happening in just a few photos to tell an entire story.” To me that is another thing about photography; it truly tells a story without words. It is a beautiful form of art and form of expression that is something that will always be a part of who I am.
I also believe a lot of art comes from traveling and exploring this world. When we go to new places we collect new thoughts, ideas, expressions, beliefs, and a whole lot more that shape us into new beings and that to me is art. I notice myself wander and crave a new setting when I haven’t experienced it for some time. And once that desire is cured there is this whelm of ideas that sparks so much creativity to make a person thrive. I will forever be grateful for traveling and all the experiences that come from it because that is what living is all about - exploring, opening the mind to anything and everything that is out there.
This photo was taken of me when i was back in Michigan. This day was spent filming all day and my friend captured me in my element of filming. this photo captures me bundled up but still out in the breathtaking scenery and so I aimed to capture my true carefree self. I love how big my smile is in this because that’s how I feel when i’m doing something that I love. I also wanted to show that I am in love with what I do and I feel like that creates a sense of comfort for the people that I photograph. I think it was pretty successful in achieving that. Next time I would like to capture myself on a shoot that takes place while hiking because it shows the adventures side of me and going the which ever extend to capture the photo that was envisioned.
I thought sitting outside drawing for an hour and 45 minutes was super relaxing and meditative in a way. I loved looking at an object and drawing it as closely as possible and reflecting on others drawings as well. I don’t find myself making time to draw in my spare time but I would love to incorporate in more into my life even if it is a simple sketch. I believe if you practice it more then you will get better at drawing without question. I am currently majoring in Business Management, but I have decided to switch my major to Fashion Design and that will definitely include drawing with sketching out the designs that I have created to make them come to life.
Artist: Amy Williams
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media, Installation
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Amy Williams is a 3rd year BFA student at in the School of Art Ceramics Program. She is intending on graduating this year and plans on becoming a professor someday. Her work explores the idea of natural objects and environments.
Williams designed a life size 3D scan of a rock from Colorado with lichen on it. She had wires hanging from the ceiling with water dripping down onto the floor which was a clay sculpture and plaster beneath it. The wires flowed all together in a windy shape and the sculpture took the shape of a boulder. Williams used natural colors to imitate an actual rock.
The idea behind Signaling is to show the natural way things change. Through this is the symbolic message of the salt water trickling down from the pipes that lands upon the clay sculpture that results in a change in color and appearance over time. It represents how everything is constantly changing. The sculpture also represents a microscopic rock which enhances the idea of paying attentions to one's surroundings; big or small. She aims to encourage viewers towards a attentiveness of the current complexity of our culture, which leads into how our actions impact our surroundings.
When I first saw this gallery I wanted to learn more about it immediately. I tend to gravitate towards work with nature and once I read the artists statement I knew this piece really resonated with me. I thought the way to created the idea of showing how things change both within nature and society was amazing. We are truly shifting into new beings each day and sometimes we don’t even slow down to recognize the beauty within that. It is easy to think of immediacy and instant gratification, but we benefit so much more from slowing down and that is the message that Williams is getting across.
This was super fun to create a short and simple video. My intention was to keep a peaceful aspect that matches with the music as well as the vibe of the whole trip. I believe I did succeed in that. However, for the future I would like to add voice over to explain more of my thoughts but I did not feel that that would have flowed well for this video. I love creating videos about my life and others and feel that they should be shared so we can learn and expand our ideas from ourselves, with that I do plan on creating more for the future.