Bennington senior studying Political Science and Gender Studies, with a dash of Painting and Drawing. firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 22, 2013
[Some shots of my room - Fall 2013]
I live in Canfield, a colonial house right on the lawn. I’m lucky enough to have nabbed a single on the lawn side (with two windows!), so I have a lovely view out of my window of the daily happenings (natural, animal, and human) of commons lawn. However, what I didn’t realize when I first moved in was that everyone who passes by my room/uses the door next to my room gets a reeeeally lovely view of me as well. So, I put up the curtain that’s been a staple since I moved in a year ago, because, while the windows come with shades, I adore the natural sunlight that I get daily.
Also pictured: Paintings from past terms, including the self-portrait that I use for my admissions work (and my Tumblr icon) that was originally an assignment for Subject and Meaning in Painting (Spring 2012) and a portrait of the Virgin Mother and Child in a Medieval style, which was my final for the advanced History course Medieval Virginity.
I also want to point out the clothes rack that I built for myself last year. I’m not a big decorator (clearly), but I am a fan of functional design/decoration. My clothes are made up of a color palette that I find pleasing in my everyday (one would hope), and I like to have them be in and of themselves a decorative piece. It also makes it possible for me to fill my closet with other things - like the massive collection of books in my possession that doesn’t entirely end up on my shelves (the social sciences are incredibly book-heavy, and I love to keep them all!).
I also have a lot of shoes, and a mini-fridge filled with fancy cheese and avocados.
Anonymous asked: Hi! :D I'm applying for Bennington this year for Fall 2014, and I visited the school and I loved it and everyone in it. But one of the things I was concerned about was the fact that there isn't much of a town close by, and it was quite small. Is there enough for you to do on campus that makes up for the lack of a town? And was it easy to make friends?
I would say yes to both, but also point out that the town of Bennington is not entirely inaccessible from the campus, and there are definitely things to do there. My interests in the town of Bennington (or Benningtown if you’re feeling lazy) tend to be food-based (the best diner food ever), but there’s also a bookstore along with other shops, and the Bennington Monument and the Bennington Museum if you want a little history. We’re also reasonably close to other towns like Manchester, Williamstown, and Brattleboro.
Bennington is full of communities - your year community, your house community, etc. You’ll immediately get to know people as soon as you get to campus because of orientation at least, and I also think that it’s important to remember that everyone is just as nervous/new as you are. So, don’t sweat not knowing who to eat with in the dining hall because chances are, the people that you choose to sit with don’t know either. Just be confident (at least a little bit - coming from someone who’s a little shy herself), and you should have no problem.
The first photo’s my (in progress) grid for this term’s 100 Drawings course. We each have to create one drawing every day based on various constraints and readings given to us by our professor and fellow students.
Assignment Due October 3, 2013 - Create a field guide on a topic of your choice
Missing photo: Back inside cover, the same pattern as the front inside cover.
This week, I decided to utilize the assignment to create a tongue-in-cheek piece referencing my tendency to exclude the head when I create body-centric pieces. Simultaneously, I wanted to use the book format to further explore my love of pattern and text. After researching field guides, I decided that I wanted to have a historical angle in the first half of the book. I also wanted to use the same historical angle to emphasize the difference between literally cutting off a head (with an axe or a guillotine) and not including it in a drawing or painting.
There were several things that came as a surprise during the process of creating the field guide. First, I absolutely underestimated the amount of time that I was going to spend on it in order to get certain details right, like the shadowed rectangle pattern on the inside of the cover. I’ve created patterns like it before and used them in projects, but usually the pattern on its own is the main part of the piece, so I remained unaware of what would happen if the time-consuming pattern was just one small component of the final product. So, in the future, if I continue to work with detailed, consistent pattern (like I intend to, as I really enjoy it), I should plan accordingly for a project that can realistically be done in a week. While I feel as though the field guide is basically complete, I cannot reasonably devote the amount of time that I did to it to every piece due each week for the rest of the term.
The other unexpected factor is that the book ended with more of a direct message than I originally intended it to. I wanted to leave it more up to the interpretation of the viewer, but I’ve found with past works that when I use the female body, interpretations can be engineered in a specific, almost formulaic way. Because of this common outcome, one of the only ways to combat it is to give a direct conclusion. While I do like my message at the end, I feel as though giving the answer directly to the observer makes it an easy cop-out rather than causing contemplation. However, a field guide isn’t necessarily the place for serious contemplation.
Overall, I’m pleased with the outcome of this week’s project. I feel as though it’s a successful piece that also remained relevant to past themes in my work. Now that I’ve hit this jumping-off point, I’m looking forward to incorporating pattern and text into future projects, along with the already-established theme of the body.
This morning while I was getting back into the swing of admissions and logging back into my Tumblr for the first time in a while, what should pop up on the sidebar but the Park Avenue Armory?! When I was a freshman, I completed my very first Field Work Term in New York City working for the Armory as a development intern, and had a great experience. Seeing little reminders like this every once in a while is a lot of fun!
-> Capital Punishment - An advanced psychology course that looks at the institution of capital punishment primarily in the United States.
-> Medieval Virginity - An advanced history course that studies the concept of virginity in the medieval era and discusses the implementations of the changed definitions and comprehensions of virginity.
-> Experiential Anatomy - A beginning dance class that incorporates anatomical study with bodywork.
-> Violence - An advanced anthropology course that looks at the phenomenon of violence.
This morning in my advanced painting course, Critical Response in Painting, my friend Christina did a presentation on the above artist, Austin Power. While visual arts courses at Bennington are about creating and presenting student work, they’re also about exploring the art world at large, and because of that, I’ve been able to find new artists that I find inspiring that I would have most likely never heard of otherwise. Now, thanks to Christina, I have a new artist that I find exciting, and I can’t wait to look further at his work.