Video and Digital Art

This week, I started a new class called Computers in Visual Art. It’s really interesting to explore the ways technology opens so many doors for artists. There are limits to pen and paper, as weird as that sounds to me. I think one of the biggest advantages of art technology is video. Movement can be expanded on and used in new ways through video.

The above video, entitled Decay, is incredible. The music, the movement, the human silhouettes and the images of nature all combine into a unique experience. It expresses an incredible amount of melancholy and tells a story without even sharing a word.

Interior Design as a form of art

I wanted to be an interior designer for a brief period in high school. It seemed like a great job, based on HGTV and my experiences building houses in Sims (usually while I watched HGTV).

I think interior design is considered art. You have to consider the same elements, such as balance, color, and the aesthetic associated with it. Most people go for calm and quiet spaces for the majority of their homes, but some like a level of excitement. So how is that communicated through interior design? Here are some examples.

#1- Calm living space

This image is from a blog entitled Stockholm Vitt Interior Design, based on Scandinavian influenced design (see it here). The room has a simple gray and blue color scheme, which is relaxing and makes the room appear bright and cozy. The cohesive tables are all modernist, but are rustic in color to match the darker pillows on the furniture. The flowers and simple sculptures tie the room together. All in all, the room evokes serenity, just as a piece of art can.

#2- Energetic living space

This image is from Freshome, an architecture/interior design/lifestyle website (find it here). This room, while still inviting like the above one, is clearly more energetic. This is done through the contrast of colors, the different prints used, and the pop of a bright color (yellow). It has a classy aesthetic through the chandelier and floor-to-ceiling curtains, but it isn’t stuffy due to the colors and prints.

My Inspiration #2

This week, I’ll be discussing my favorite writers. I write both personally and publicly, as a reporter for my campus newspaper. My passion for writing originates with the books of my childhood, and evolved through the works I explored as I grew up.

I’m going to discuss two of my favorite writers, one from my childhood and one that I grew to love in high school. I’ll also showcase some lines from their work and a short bio.

J.K. ROWLING = I grew up with the Harry Potter books. I credit most of my personality and passion to Rowling. Her writing is a major source of inspiration for me. It beautifully blends every emotion with gorgeous imagery and vital lessons. According to Rowling’s page (here), she was an avid reader growing up. Her ideas for the Harry Potter series were recorded onto scraps of paper and napkins. She also writes successful crime novels.

 

EMILY DICKINSON = I was introduced to Dickinson in middle school, but her work didn’t really resonate with me and I quickly forgot it. When I revisited Dickinson in high school, I was hooked. In growing up and gaining more experiences, it became easier to identify to Dickinson. Her poetry is moving and mysterious, beautiful in a way that can’t be easily identified. I found it to be incredibly powerful. According to her bio (here), Dickinson wrote almost 1800 poems. Her work was personal, only shared with friends and family, until after her death. Dickinson is now regarded as one of the best American poets.

My Inspiration

For my second blog post, I’m going to discuss my favorite artists. These are the people that drive my creativity and passion. I will include one picture of their work, a short bio, and why I admire them.

ANSEL ADAMS = I grew up with an Adams work (below!) in my room. I don’t remember when my parents put it there, I just remember looking at it daily. It had a calming and inspiring effect on me. Adams was an environmentalist and a photographer, almost exclusively focusing his life and work on nature. He never included any sign of humanity in his photos. I think I am largely inspired by Adams because of this. He found a creative way to represent what already existed without adding anything, as I strive to do within my own work. For more information: http://anseladams.com/ansel-adams-bio/

FRIDA KAHLO = The art of Kahlo is unique and experimental. Her life was tumultuous, as she suffered horrible injuries after she was hit by a bus and struggled through an abusive relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera. I greatly admire Kahlo for her ability to create powerful works of art from her hardships. All her work is grounded in painful truth, represented through her unique perspective on paper. For more information: https://www.fridakahlo.org/

Next week, I plan on tackling my favorite writers!

Until then,

Erin