Tuesday, May 29, 2007
would most likely not have any resemblance to what I intended it to
be. I lack traditional art skills; drawing, painting, etc. Art has
always been present in my life, whether it was commiserating with
friends stressing over their project deadlines or going to an art
festival on the weekend with my family. Art or the effects of it has
always surrounded me. I regret not having found the joy of art
earlier, I have certainly had the opportunities, but I was far more
concerned about developing skills to ensure job security in high
school than developing skills that would lead to my own happiness.
My first two years of college were horrible. I was unenthusiastic
about going to my classes. I had no interest in any of my classes, I
was taking them because I had to, and that caused me to burn out
on them. A friend of mine suggested I should take a quarter off
from business classes and try out art classes. He reasoned that I
would enjoy them because he and I are quite alike have
collaborated on creative projects over the years. I decided to take
The concept of a studio class intrigued me, the freedom to think
and create was a complete a new experience, compare to sitting in
class everyday zoning out during my accounting lectures. I
decided to take more are classes in the summer and it was a
snowball effect, I have kept taking art classes ever since then. To
date I have not gone back to my business classes.
I have never put so much energy into and experienced such
commitment with anything as much as I have with my art classes,
simply because they feel “right.” If I had put as much focus as I
have with my art into anything else, I believe I could have been
successful, but not happy. The accomplishment I have gained from
creating art fuels my happiness, it makes me feel alive. While I am
still unsure of which direction my art will go in, I do know it makes
me happy which keeps me energized and excited about what I’m
doing which are my highest priorities.
Monday, May 28, 2007
I don't really have a definite answer to why I am an artist, it's just always
been in my life. As a child I went through all kinds of phases, where I wanted
to be different things like a doctor, clown, and occasional stunt man, and art
is a way I can be all that. Art can stretch to all fields of life, it allows me
to explore anything I want. It's that freedom that attracts me, I can be a
doctor one day and being in a kick ass car chase scene the next. I basically
have an highly active imagination and a low attention span, and art allows me to
use both to my advantage.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I don’t believe I ever sat down and decided to become an artist. It was just something that happened on its own. Right from the start I have been interested in painting, drawing and things of that nature. Later on I realized that I wanted to pursue an art related career because I hated pretty much every other subject. Art just made sense.
Developing through the years, more and more of my life became art related. Everything was expanding, and it wasn’t just my work that was art related, but my entire life. You can tell by the cut of my clothes and the style of my hair. You can tell by my posture and stance and how I compose myself. My clothes and lifestyle… and even the way I act have become dictated by this driving force in my life. Every part of me relates back to art.
Being interested in the design of the world has helped me figure out where I want my career to take me. From the cars we drive to the packaging on our products to the way we read news on the Internet, design changes the world. “Now that we can do anything, what will we do?” This question sparks thought about where my work can take me and where it can take others. What can I really do? The answer to this question is what drives me as an artist.
determine what is valid and important. The questions that I find most
interesting deal with our place in the natural world and how it has
changed over time with technology, invention and human ingenuity.
I always had difficulty believing what I would witness with my own
eyes as a child. I often would question whether I was really
experiencing my day-to-day life. I struggle to decide at what point
one thing becomes another. I believe my curiosity stems from how
variable the makeup of the things around me are.
At some level I think there is no true separation. I am just as
connected to my arm as I am to the car I drive. I live in an ocean of
energy without true definition between one thing and another.
In my art practice, I compare and contrast how I shape and organize
the natural world around me based on abstract notions and
understanding of what is natural. This often results in a coerced
conforming of the natural elements, often in seemingly unnatural ways.
My work is often about science, technology and the impact they have on
my community and myself. I create video shorts, digitally manipulated
images, 3d computer models and electronic installation sculptures. All
my work has a technology component in the subject matter or in the
construction of the piece.
As we invent technologies and discover more about what makes up the
basic structures around us, we continually redefine what it means to
be an individual and to be a community. Do all these things that we
create in turn shape us in unnatural ways?
simultaneously. I am still a child, a daughter, a
girlfriend, and maybe someday soon a mother. I am a
student and a professional. Responsible and carefree.
Frustrated and playful. These different roles come and
go. Some days you’re one, other days you’re nine
different people all together. My intention as an
artist is to express these aspects in layers. Like an
abstract painting showing each separate side of an
object, I try to show each separate aspect of myself
or others as I encounter it. Because of this I like to
overlay video images and sound tracks over and over
again until they are sometimes unrecognizable as
In high school I didn't have a lot of opportunities to experiment with art. I knew I liked that idea of creating things and drawing, but that was the extent of it. All of my classes interfered with the art classes, so I just learned on my own in my free time. I didn't have a lot of things offered to me. I feel like now as I am taking more and more art classes at Ohio State, I am being introduced to so many different mediums, programs, and ideas. It's really exciting and scary all at the same time. Since I just learned on my own, I never really considered art and technology as something I would be interested in. The more I learn about its opportunities and capabilities, the more I want to do with it. I am realizing how hard it is to go about learning everything from nothing as I attempt to get into the major, but I have no doubt that I can get a hold of it and use it to do what I truly want to do.
For a while I was convinced that I wanted to be a forensic scientist. In high school I became fascinated with it, even back before CSI blew up. The idea of science and nature being able to go up against some of the evils in society was very exciting. Then I discovered that chemistry was not as exciting, and while there was room to be creative, science is not as flexible as something like art. Although I have given up on the idea of being a scientist, I still think about the subject. That is apparent in some of my artwork, as well as pop culture. I believe that pop culture is unavoidable, so some little things appear in my art like music and television references. My pop culture is not limited to today though, I was raised on 70's and 80's programming, so sometimes my pop culture is a little outdated.
My long term goals in art involve music. I really want to try to get involved with some sort of band merchandising. This includes t-shirt design, websites, album art, posters, and so on. I got into music and discovered that I had no musical talent, so I want to combine my two passions. I understand that this means collaborative ideas, and I think that is important. It is a way to keep things interesting and challenging. I think in order to accomplish this, Art and Technology is the best route. The field is very open and allows you to incorporate all different genres of art.
Before issuing a treatise on art, I might entertain the question, am I an artist? On one hand, this question begs the Cartesian assertion about what is demanded to ascertain “I,” and where I [is] located. On the other hand, the question heaves its optimistic lasso into the ethereal discourse of “art,” hoping to apprehend something to brand/ish. Some cultures have no word(s) for “artist,” and, indeed, the very concepts of autonomy and art necessitate particular social girding. To be an artist, one must apparently belong to a culture in which art is conceptualized and in which oneself is situated. In accepting these terms, the simplicity of Cartesian autonomy is recanted, and elusive matter of art has yet to be addressed. Here is the cusp of in/sensibility, the threshold of re-cognition. Here I create what might be called art; here, I AM. Art is the tincture of reason with pensive flirtation, the invocation of proscription, un-certainty, and sublimity. Ultimately, my art—if there is such a thing—is a conceptual chapel in which I explore God and make discursive things as a dialogic engagement of possibility. The products that emerge are emblematic of the autonomous self. They are what they are.
- John Derby
Sunday, May 6, 2007
By combining dance with technology such as animation, video and the Internet I am able to define the relationship of my physical body to my virtual presence, enabling me to discover the ways that I exist in both realms.
The hip-hop drumming of composer Jonathan Laine, the screaming guitar of Vernon Reid and the abstract classical compositions of composers Jeffrey Mumford and David Morneau inspire me with their contemporary sounds. I engage in music collaborations with composers who aren't afraid to fuse musical styles and create genre defying compositions.
Dance is most interesting to me when it is informative, engaging and physical. I try to present work that accomplishes these ideas and gives the viewer insight into their lives by revealing the truth of my life.
I am an artist because I love making something that can be so simple into something so creative. For example, I enjoy taking an ordinary picture and somehow manipulating it—cropping, color, text, graphics, etc.—to add a little more interest, depth, and curiosity into why it is presented in that particular way. Beauty is not the most important factor to my art (it is a plus but not a necessity); rather, I will try to go for the new and fascinating route, such as a gross close-up of an injury or a pile of earwax on a dinner plate. I especially tend to include humor in my creations. Art is fun for me (because I obviously would not be doing art if it were boring), and so I want my artwork to reflect that I had a good time making it. I also want my audience to have an amusing reaction, whether good or bad, when they see my art because then I would know that they were at least intrigued for a moment. But in the end, the values I want to hold true to the most are that I do art for me or at least in my own style, and that I hope I never lose passion for what I do.
I am showing what I call “mug shots” on my blog that I have accumulated through the years. Mug shots are what I call pictures of people who are caught off guard, or not camera-ready. I have many, many mug shots because with a digital camera, I can be shutter button happy and not worry about wasting film. This collection of hilariousness is so simple in the idea yet so incredibly awesome that it will probably make its every victim cry. (Hopefully, they won’t find out about this blog.)
My ART, if I must call it that, is photography. Up until a few years ago, the camera did all the work. I just had to hold the camera steady and push a button. I started “making” my own pictures when I bought my first 35mm SLR camera. For the first time in my life, I was in control. I can now show people what I see. I can capture my interpretation of the world around me. One thing is for sure, no one sees it quite like me.
- John Sabbath
instinctual to the rest of the human race as well. It is as
instinctual as language. For some people it seems that there are
ideas for which words are a wholly inadequate means of communication.
These types of people turn to other forms of communication. Body
movements, sounds, and images in pigment (as in my case) supplement a
language that seems incomplete. I am one of these people.
When I make art I am complete person. The act of making brings me
joy. When I go for long periods of time without making art I feel as
if my life is in disarray. Making art brings clarity and contentment,
even when the art is not very "good."