Archive for April, 2009
Tags: Agriculture, Baby, Farm, Farming, Lambs, Sheep, Spring, Springtime, Therapy
Tags: Earth Day, Environment, Festival, Goats, Kenyon College, Music, Sustainability
It’s been stressful for ECO members trying to balance exams with Week of Sustainability, and it makes me wonder how most people prioritize the big picture (global warming) with the small picture (a paper deadline). Luckily, we picked the first really warm day for Earthfest, and it seems like the whole campus was taking a deep sigh of relief. Most therapeutic were the baby goats (see bottom):
Tags: Art, Creation, Doodle, Drawing, Fibonacci, Mandala, Radial, Symmetry
Artistic composition is either symmetrical, asymmetrical, crystallographic, or radial. Radial art is often the least common, and tends to appear more in religious or meditative art, rather than in the “art world” (whatever that means…). There is something innately soothing about the circle, while over the last century Art-capital-A has tended toward shock and discomfort.
Frankly, the “real world” (whatever that means…) is shocking and discomforting enough for me. When I work visually–drawing, painting, doodling, etc.– I want to be in a safe space. I don’t mean that I’m an escapist– art and the process of creation should be thoughtful, thought-provoking, opening new doors and saying something about the world. But we already live in a world where nothing is sacred, and it’s good to find a sacred space.
Circles, found everywhere in nature, are both a space and process. Planets orbit in circles; both trees and hurricanes grow in circles. Pupils, seashells, mandalas– these shape reflects the process of creation itself, which is not linear and progressive, but rather interconnected and expansive.
Tags: Androgyny, Fashion, Gender, Inspiration, Men, Sexuality, Unisex, Women
Androgyny inspires me– in my writing, in my art, and in my own appearance. I’m partly working on a YA novel, inspired by my sister, in which the gender of the narrator is never revealed. For myself, I’m partial to suspenders, skinny ties, bed hair, and heavy boots. I don’t wear these things to imitate another gender, but I’m aware that they have that effect, that people view me differently.
I learned yesterday about a study in which hundreds of photos of men and women’s faces were stripped of all identifying characteristics (like hair, jewelry, makeup, etc). The photos were then shown to individuals who were told to guess whether the face in the photo was male or female. The participants in the study were (somehow) attached to a machine that tracked their eye movement with a laser so that the researchers could track exactly what they were looking at in the photos. Participants guessed correctly 99.9% of the time. As it turns out, in order to identify people’s gender, we look at–surprise!–their noses.