Friday, April 20, 2012

Hannah Höch

I highly enjoy all of the art history classes I have taken so far, and am sure I will also enjoy the ones coming soon in my future (7 in total!). It is so interesting to see how art has progressed throughout the years, and how artists have constantly reformed what art is considered to be.

As pieces of art come to me that I find to be extra inspirational and influential, I want to start making note of it on this blog! So here is the first :)

Hannah Höch 
Cut with a Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany

First of all, I love Hannah Höch not only because of her artwork, but because she is a woman. Looking back in history, woman make up a very small portion of working artists, especially those lucky enough to be recognized by the masses. I believe the few that are in our history books need to be appreciated to the upmost extent. Second, she deals with gender and political issues that I find to be incredibly ballsy for the time in which she was working. In the future, I would love to take influence from Hannah Höch and design a lesson plan for high schoolers exploring gender roles and photomontage.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hopefully Back in Action!

AH! The semester is almost over. Finally! It has been super hectic and I have clearly had no extra time to update. For the first time in forever I actually had time to do some drawing/watercoloring for myself tonight. So here it is!

It's Ms. Bailz with her hoop. I love this photo of her. It truly captures her, and the type of lady she has become. I hope to take this quick painting and transfer it into an actual large scale, oil painting this summer. Potentially a summer project in the works :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I made it into the BFA program :)

I will update more in depth soon. Life has been far too busy lately...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Application

I turned in my application for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Central Michigan today! I am hoping for the best. I thought I'd share my artist statement and the 10 works I submitted.


Artist Statement

The BFA program will help me progress as an artist and support the type of mixed-media art I would like to pursue. My interest is primarily 2-D art. I enjoy painting, photography and printmaking and would like to experiment more with mixing all three mediums and establishing my own artistic voice.
            The work in my portfolio reflects the format in which I would further develop through my courses. Air Pollution was something I created in high school, but is a piece I frequently come back to because it demonstrates the type of art I want to be producing. It includes a manipulated photograph, done first with Photoshop and then furthered by hand, a collage of drawn images, painted imagery in the background and many layers of inks, chalks and acrylic paint on top. The layering method of different mediums is something I wish to further pursue. Finding the perfect materials to express an idea, and not being bound by the rules and restrictions of them, feels adventurous and exciting. I like the idea of being a well-rounded artist with experience in a wide range of areas.
            Portraiture is the format of work I would like to further explore. I really am a true introvert type of a person. I get scared and nervous when talking to people, but at the same time I find people extremely fascinating. I find that a lot of my inspiration to create art comes from the fact that I feel very shy and awkward most of the time. Trying to understand human emotion, and furthering that emotion to convey a completely different topic is something I have attempted and would love to continue to do.
            At this point I do not have particular standout favorites in the art world, but I have found I most frequently gravitate towards portraiture. For example, a printmaker that I enjoy is Barbara Elam. The portraits she makes seem to be memories of hers. The people aren’t proportioned perfectly, or necessarily look real, but she has a definite style that can be seen in all her work. A painter I enjoy is Victor Rodriguez, a hyperrealist painter. I am very attracted to the idea of taking portraits and pushing them so far as to have the viewer question whether the image is a painting or not. These two artists have very different styles, but I find both to be very influential.
            Overall I feel the BFA program fits my needs because I am a very driven person, interested in really developing as an artist. I am also an art education major and being a teacher later in life is all the more reason for me to have as much experience in the studio as possible. The BFA program would give me more opportunity to practice discussing and supporting my own work, something I know will benefit me not only as an artist, but as a teacher as well. 

Here's hoping for the best!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring Break 2012

It's been awhile since I have last made a post, so here is an update.

I've been on spring break! Much need. So nice. Ahhh.

I joined 3 other girls from school (all in the education program as well!) on a trip to Mammoth Cave National Park and then Nashville, Tennessee to see Mumford & Sons in concert. It was an amazing time. I could not have asked for anything better. Here are some pictures from the trip!