final project of high school
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I do like this one.
I'm giving encaustic a shot
Last week (housekeeping week)
experience - Fabregé Egg lecture
Here's a rundown of some of my major takeaways from this lecture:
this week was a bit of a wash
brown painting finished
What else I can do (I'm not done)
This little painting is meant to enhance some ideas and techniques I have going on in previous paintings. It's based on a readymade sculpture of an old cedar log (not pictured). I spent some time studying the physical properties of the log, such as colors and textures, then started painting an oil painting loosely based upon it. The abstract painting and readymade are meant to be displayed together. With this one I'm using a larger scale, although next time I'm thinking I need to go even larger. And more texture, using a knife to paint directly on the canvas with with minimal thinning of the medium.
ica talk – rebecca walker
Rebecca Walker, author and professor, hosted a discussion at the ICA on Wednesday about race, power, gender, and society. She is seen as a prominent member in third-wave feminism, even coining the term in 1992. Her talk was mostly about race though. She spoke of the incredible intellectual fatigue experienced by race activists. Her point was that it takes work to constantly fight the system of racial oppression and that can eat up those who have already given so much. Those who come from a position of entitlement (i.e., white people) do not necessarily need to invest so much work in order to make society better. She used the term "intellectual plantation" to describe this fatigue and advocated for black folks to place self-care above constant intellectual fight against a system black folks did not create. Walker herself uses Buddhist techniques to achieve that sense of peace. This doesn't mean race activists should give up, it just means they should consider their priorities.
She also placed emphasis on the need for the entitled to pick up the slack and do their own work. (White people do not need to engage in a constant intellectual battle in order to survive.) They can start by reading the work of black social theorists and then translate their thoughts into actions. This is the part that might be most relevant to me. I can never really connect to the narrative of a black person in America on a deep level; but I can work on having compassion for all people, educating myself, and taking necessary action to be the best ally possible in the fight.
I don't intend to make race-based artwork. But in terms of being a better, more socially aware person, this lecture was very influential.