May 19 will be the first day of my month long summer residency in Bio Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Over winter break I happened to stumble on this class while looking up Graduate Degrees at various schools. After reading the course description on the website, my mind was literally blown. I said to myself, "This class was literally made for me!"
For those of you who may not personally know me, I absolutely love making art and I have dappled in science for...forever. I have always loved the sciences and even began my college career as a radiology major. My love for art though was just as strong if not stronger. I couldn't let art go and during each semester I would take one art class along with all of my science and other pre-requiste classes at Mercer County Community College. It wasn't until one of my art professors at the time suggested that maybe I should do art full time. So I followed his advice and here we are years later about to graduate in December 2014 with an Art Education degree from The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, NJ.
So needless to say, I have always been looking for ways to combine my love for art and science. And ta-da! We have Bio Art.
So over the next four weeks what can you expect from me? I have no idea. All I know is we are going to have access to the entire nature & technology lab and the website says we will be learning about: microscopy, plant tissue engineering, molecular cuisine and the production of micro eco-systems. We are also allowed to work in any medium we wish, so it's pretty open ended.
I got an email a few days ago giving us the schedule for the month, and there will be three professors who will guide our instruction: Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengee, and Joseph DeGiorgis. Also the email said we will each receive our own studio. I'm over here feeling like a celebrity. In my five years of school thus far, I have never had the opportunity to have my own studio space. So I'm pretty stoked about that- although I have no idea what to put in it, haha (newb).
I am also currently finishing up a book by Austin Kleon titled, "Show Your Work," and in the book he talks about showing a "daily dispatch." Just something to put out onto the web that shows people what you are doing in your field. "You have to start pointing your attention toward the world that you want to enter," he says. & here we have the birth of this blog. Basically, everyday I will be posting my adventures of the day. It might be photos, text, a video, or even just silly little antics I find amusing during my time in New York City.
Some more of my favorite quotes from the book so far:
"When I ask them to show me work, they show me things from school, or from another job, but I'm more interested in what they did last weekend."
"A good daily dispatch is like getting all the DVD extras before a movie comes out- you get to watch deleted scenes and listen to director's commentary while the movie is being made."
"Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you."
This blog will also serve as a memory for me years from now of this class and my experiences. & who knows maybe I'll become a professional blogger or something. Enjoy!