Artist Statement 

I titled my series “Kind” after the noun “Human Kind”. Before beginning the project, we were asked to think of what inspired us and to use that inspiration for our final. I thought about this question for quite some time, and I decided that people inspire me. Their everyday actions of  kindness, wisdom, strength- everything human beings are capable of inspires me. 

This series includes a person, a heart, and a third molar (more commonly known as a wisdom tooth). The person represents man kind, the heart represents courage, and the tooth represents intelligence. 

Student Success Series: NSE

This past Monday, a friend and I attended one of the last available student success series presentations. (I mentioned in an earlier post that procrastination was an intrinsic flaw in my personality and that still remains true-unfortunately.) The woman giving the presentation actually started out by asking us, “How many of you are only here because it’s a requirement that you had forgotten about until now?” Almost the entire room raised their hands. 

NSE stands for National Student Exchange. This program allows students to experience a semester or a year at another university that (usually) has an excellent program relative to their major. Most of the universities involved are in the U.S, but there are a few in Puerto Rico and Canada. I knew programs like this existed prior to going to the presentation, but I’m glad I learned more about it. I’d love to study at another university, if only for a semester. 

I’m double majoring in Fine Arts and Art History- I’m looking into gallery or museum curating after graduate school, but I’d need some experience/internships. She explained how this was a great way to meet future employers and gain experience in the field you want to pursue  after school. Many students before me have already done this and landed jobs doing what they love! I know experience is looked for on almost any résumé and this program could improve my chances. 

While attending the other university, you pay Kent State tuition, all of your scholarships apply, and you pay in-state room and board costs. I’d have to review my options and talk to my parents before getting too invested in this, but it seems like a great program. 

A.L.I.C.E

My ALICE training course was in Schwartz and before going to this presentation, I had no idea where Schwartz was, so that was definitely a plus. ALICE training was fairly similar to the training I went through in high school.   However, this presentation went into its topic with more depth than the standard high school procedure. The presentation was pretty lengthy and the video made me slightly uncomfortable, but I understand its necessity. The person giving the presentation was very knowledgable and her being close in age to us (the students) made it more comfortable. 

I learned some cool things though!!

-a belt can be used to stop a door from opening from the outside

-you can jump from a building (3 stories or less) without serious injury 

-a pen and shoelace make a great tourniquet 

-tampons can be inserted into wounds to slow down blood loss

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth -Bruce Mau

1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them. 

The first on Bruce’s list and the first on mine- I feel this rule deep in my bones!! Naturally, humans are adverse to change. Adaptation is difficult and tiring, but I’d like to think my individual ability to adapt is better than that of the average person. The many, big changes I went through when I was younger, helped to shape me into who I am today. I’ve grown so much in so many different ways/aspects and I’m so thankful for that! I want to be as open as I possibly can and I want to experience as many different things as I can while I’m here on earth. When keeping an open mind, the outcome can only be positive. 

2. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day. 

I often catch myself being overly critical of my work/skills. Hating yourself or your work (an extension of one’s self) is so tiring! I’d love to take Bruce’s advice and maybe calm down after a failure, instead of ripping it up, or gesso-ing it over. Failures serve as proof for your future improvements and they’re also perfectly natural! Failure is inevitable, but I’d rather try and fail then be too afraid to try in the first place. 

3. Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgement. Postpone criticism. 

I love experimenting with new mediums/tools/styles, even if the final product looks like shit. The lure of learning and trying new things is absolutely irresistible to me! Drifting through life- wandering everywhere  and questioning everything- it produces art.