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Memo #7

I am now on spring break and it is great to be back home in Chicago. I had started to get incredibly homesick two weeks before break began. One time I was studying with my friend in the library and I just started crying out of nowhere, not just a little…. Like a lot. I was just happy to be with a good friend who could understand what I was going through and not feel embarrassed to be with me. I think the reason I started crying was because we had been eating cheese and crackers and talking about the different food we liked to eat back at home and what out parents were good at preparing. Wow. I think I have already talked about food in more than one of my memos. Well I think its important. Anyway, its sad that I am not able to see my dad over break because he is in Florida for several art fairs at the moments. He said that he would try to makeup for it by sending me a crate of oranges from a citrus grove he had gone to visit. I only recently realized how fitting it would be to send oranges to Syracuse. HAHAHA! Anyway I have observed that about homesickness can have a very sudden onset resulting from associations that you don’t even realize remind you of home until you really think about it. For example I was shaving my legs in the shower and then when I was in bed under the covers it made me think of my comforter back home. I started calling my mom about twice a day and then skyping with her at night until about 2 in the morning.  We talk a lot about food I noticed and the different things were going to do when I come home. Most college students talk to their high school friends or people their age about what there going do to get away from their parents. I guess I am an exception.  I tried to come to terms with the fact that I will inevitably be gaining weight over this break, there are just to many good things to pass up.  So far we have enjoyed my homemade chocolate chip cookies, traditional Lithuanian food, very good cheese..etc.  I wonder why cheese, crackers, and a good cup of tea evoke such a soothing feeling. Maybe it’s the perfecto combination of tastes or maybe it’s the prefect combination of textures. I don’t really know. Maybe its because I’ve grown up with those tastes and they give me a sense of comfort and foundation. On an ending note, I feel its just healthier to keep an open environment with ones parents because they deserve to know about the things you choose to do.

 

Memo #6

After much thought and consultation, I have decided to declare my major in Interior and Environmental Design. This was probably the last design field I had considered in the past, but the more I thought about the choices I was considering now I began to feel like they were not the right choice, that I could not really see myself going on doing what these other majors required or expected. The majors I had been thinking of in the beginning had been communications design or industrial design. Both sounded interesting and there were different aspects I would like to learn more of but It was beginning to get fuzzy the deeper I thought about those fields, like I was not looking in the right place or I was trying to adjust the focal lens on an object that will never become clear. I was beginning to get very worried about which direction I should be going when the foundations program organized open houses for all the school of art and design majors, complimented by “The Best Major Ever” exhibit in the student run gallery. This showcased the work of current students in every art and design major in order to help students make their decisions. Still not knowing which way to go I went to the gallery opening and was draw in by the work of the interior design students. It focused on pure spatial composition and innovation rather than witty rhetorical displays.  I noticed that the more I thought about interior design the more I could think of different roads I could go down, before I had been lost as to what could be a possible future. One such road could be renovating historical buildings in Venice or other older European cities to make them livable and sustainable.  Another factor that helped me along in this decision making process was the website StumbleUpon. One of the topics I had chosen to follow was design and interiors. This opened my eyes to so many wonderful images and projects that are open to my future. Everybody says that you should major in something that you find very interesting and that the work would feel worthwhile and rewarding. Decisions should be made because I feel that they would be right not because I feel others would want me to or to go against what I really like just to challenge myself. I don’t think I would call this a “change of heart” but rather a realization or acknowledgment of something I truly am interested in. This realization has led me to find an opportunity for an internship at the clothing store, Anthropologie working as an assistant designer for their visual displays. I am excited to see where this road will lead me.

 

graphic novel sketches

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Memo #5

Today is Monday February 28, 2011. This memo should have been written and handed in by yesterday but I was suffering from a horrible cough and headache that kept me away from my computer and also kept me up for much of the night, regardless of my roommates snoring.

Im the type of girl who gets assignments done, who is devoted to school and tried to apply herself to everything she endeavors. (Ok im going to stop talking like this…its weird). Anyway yesterday I was laying in bed I heard in the other room the music, clapping and monotonous objective voice associated with the Oscars. It brought back memories of watching it every year with my parents back home and it made me miss them that much more.

Anyway I found out that the movie exit through the gift shop was nominated for best documentary.  I haven’t seen this movie but my mom and friends have been recommending I watch it for a long time now due to my interest in the street artist Banksy and public art making in general.  I had written a paper on Banksy’s work last semester. The semester was focusing on visual representations in our culture and how they can be used to present types of counterculture. I think this is a prime example of cultural homogeneity and dominance. The growing underground culture of street art was becoming more and more publicized due to the media and growing repetition of the images. This type of artistic expression has become more and more popular and therefore integrated into modern culture. This is an interesting phenomenon because street art is still considered illegal. This type of artistic expression is a type of cultural dissonance, a sort of outlet for people’s need to rebel.

The film, which was intended to be a documentary on street art became more of a documentary about the film maker, Thierry Guetta. His obsession with his video camera led him to new and crazy ideas and experiences. Many of his friends and his family called him insane for leaving his family so often to chase street artists all over the world to capture their creative processes.

I have given thought to joining the growing street art movement, but my endeavors have all been a little less permanent than most. I have felt the excitement of making stencils and going out at odd hours of the morning to contribute my images to the face of public surfaces. I have not used any spray paint. All my ideas have been accomplished through acrylic paint, some can be found inside residence halls, but the few that were outside have probably been washed away by now. Only time will tell what my residence hall does about the wall drawings I have in my room.

 

The Little Green Monster: Response

This reading was disturbing yet it revealed the nature of what people do to unwanted or different things. It is almost a reflex to try to destroy things that scare us by either running away or physically disposing of them. This is attached to a primitive idea of inflicting pain in order to show power and authority. As children i believe that this reaction is not yet developed. We might be scared by something but that does not invoke the feeling that it should be gone from existence.

The woman sitting looking at the tree loses track of time and then sees the little monster emerge from the roots of her beloved oak tree. She is scared and does not want it to come near. Then once it has come inside she is shocked to hear of his proposal. She finds out that the creature can read her thoughts and proceeds to torture him through her thoughts not knowing what it would do to the creature physically. As soon as she found out it had no intention of hurting her and that she could “bare to look at it” it became a sort of experiment for her to see what thoughts would evoke a certain response. Soon the creature begins to shrivel up and as he begs her to stop she continues and soon erases him from existence.

This can teach us that even our tacit thoughts can even hurt people. Our intentions or desires can become known and effect your relationship with people.