Okay so I am taking a little hiatus from the blog, but it’s for a really good reason. A crazy one, at least. My father and I are taking three weeks to ride a tandem bike from North Dakota to the coast of Maine. 1,800 miles and eight states between us and victory! The two of us are actually hoping to complete a cross-country adventure that we started over ten years ago…
Once upon a time,12-year-old Meghan agreed to bike to North Dakota with her dad. It was the first half of a cross-country trip that he had been dreaming of for years. It was even written down on his official “Bucket List.” After three weeks of grueling 100 mile days in the sweltering Montana heat, we made it to our destination. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was torture. Both mentally and physically, this trip took everything I had.
So now (because apparently I have some sort of obsession with doing impossible and painful things,) we are going to finish what we started. If I survive this, then I will be back at the end of June.
Wish me luck!!
I am so excited for reunion weekend and I’m not even an alumna yet! Scripps College is a magical wonderful place and I love seeing all the past students rolling through and reminiscing. I work in fundraising and alumnae relations and often get to talk with Scripps women over the phone, but talking to them in person is so much better. It’s fun and festive and gets me totally jazzed to graduate. Plus, I have a couple of friends coming to visit that I haven’t seen since they graduated last spring. There are a couple of Reunion Weekend events which are open to the senior class (for networking and what not) and so the alumnae relations office had me whip up an invite for the Senior class. It gave me a nice chance to flex my photoshop muscles. So here it is!
“The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” -Ezra Pound
Always be moving forward. Always be pushing yourself to do something new. Always be innovating. Always be striving. Always be starting over. Don’t get complacent. Don’t get to comfortable. New beginnings are scary but oh-so-necessary.
Mondays are hard and senior year is scary, but I am growing more lately than I ever have because I’m doing things that scare me. This is a good reminder not to fear change. We should embrace it and chase after it, because out of change comes progress. And progress is awesome.
The Claremont Spotlite is a brand new online publication that highlights local artists and cultural events in the Claremont area. It’s a really neat idea and, despite just launching this year, the site already has a bunch of great content. Last week I wrote a guest blog post for them where I got to rant about art. In particular, I wrote about how I’ve been using the widespread availability of online arts communities as an excuse to stop experiencing art in person. Why trek all the way into LA during rush hour traffic to see an exhibition when I can discover just as many inspiring and innovative artists on Tumblr? It’s all online. I don’t even need museums or galleries anymore!
It’s been something that I’ve grappled with a lot over the past year but I’ve recently been reinvigorated by in-person art experiences. If that’s at all interesting to you, go check out the article on Spotlite for some personal musings and unsolicited advice.
With the unlimited potential of a Google search bar, it’s easy to forget about the opportunities for discovery that exist right here in sleepy Claremont. Finding artists online is so easy that I often don’t pursue opportunities that are unique to my geographic location. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually made it to an LA gallery show, and I can count the number of museum visits on two. The Internet is an amazing tool, but I fear that I have been using it as a crutch instead; as a way to avoid seeking out creative experiences in person. With the whole world wide web at my fingertips, it is easy to forget that we have an impeccably curated gallery right here on campus. Every time I stumble into the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery I am impressed by the variety and caliber of artists shown, but I always forget it’s there. I always plan to attend the exhibitions, but even as an Art History major, I’ve missed more shows than I’ve attended.
I showed my art to people! This week was the Scripps Student Art Collective’s biannual gallery show. They feature work from students of all five colleges and put on a really good show. Yummy food. Catchy tunes. Talented artists. An all-around jolly good time. Last month I submitted some collages I had been making for my independent study project and they selected me as one of their featured artists. It was exciting and terrifying but I am so glad I did it! Besides, any art show could use a little more 70s soft core porn…
I’ll probably write another post later about this particular project and my exploration of women’s bodies in appropriation art. It’s been kind of an ongoing obsession and is sort of the topic of one of my thesis chapters. So clearly I have a lot to say.
My friends and I have dubbed this year as the “Year of Adventure.” It will be that last time all three of us are living in the same place and we are determined to make the most of it. The result of this declaration is that we have been going into the city more often and trying lots of new things: art shows, science museums, concerts, comedy festivals, networking events, bowling! You name it, we’ve done it. So last weekend we went to a live taping of the “Doug Loves Movies” podcast at the Nerdmelt showroom. My friend Martha is obsessed with Doug Benson (and Scott Aukerman who made a surprise appearance.) I was just along for the ride.
The venue was awesome. A comic book store / comedy stage with really good vibes. As expected, the taping was super fun and I even got picked to participate! Anyone who listens to the show knows that audience members make “nametags” (movie posters altered with some sort of pun) and then the celebrity contestants pick someone to play for. It’s really fun for anyone who likes to goof around on Photoshop as much as I do. The night before, Martha and I popped open a bottle of wine in the computer lab and cranked out these kooky movie poster masterpieces. Don’t I make a great Angelina Jolie?
It was a blast! I think the podcast is on itunes, if anyone wants to hear them talk about my poster and do hilarious movie trivia. They even call my friend Alexandra a shithead. It’s incredible!