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“Letters to a Young Poet”

13867332.jpgOver Spring Break I had the privilege of reading “Letters to a Young Poet,” by Rainer Maria Rilke with the intention of relating it directly to art. My goal was easily gained from the start of the book.  Some parts of the book seemed as if they were speaking directly to me or setting new light upon my previous methods and habits.

Rilke says, “Go inside yourself. Discover the motive that bids you [art], examine whether it sends its roots down to the deepest placed of your heart, confess to yourself whether you would have to die if [art] were denied to you.” I don’t want to think about dying if art were denied to me, but it would leave apart of me empty. Art is one of my loves and without it I would have an undeniable broken heart. This quote also made me wonder what does motivate me? It used to be largely the fact that I needed an A but now in the Spore Collective I think the class, atmosphere and my new passion for art motivates me. I’ve always loved art but now I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for it.

This next passage I am still working on in my own art, but I do believe I am making some progress: “…you will not think to ask anyone whether they are good [art pieces]…you will see in them your own dear genuine possession, a portion and a voice of your life.” I used to check my artwork step by step with someone to make sure I was on the right track and doing a great job. This semester has loosened me up and allowed me to trust my own judgment and be able to make the calls for myself.

This ties directly into the next portion that touched me; it said, “Let your judgments have their own quiet, undisturbed development, which must, like all progress, come from deep within, and cannot in any way be pressed or hurried.” I am working on developing this skill of creating my own judgment and then trusting it. According to this, I just need time.

One of my bad traits in the art world is my doubt, but according to Rilke, “…your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become aware, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will perhaps find it helpless and nonplussed, perhaps also aggressive. But do not give it away…” Last semester I called everything I made ugly so this semester I am working on training my doubt so it can turn into useful criticism.

And at the end of the day all you need to remember is …

“Believe me: life is right, at all events.”



Statement of Intent:
“Bear,” branching off of “Hamster Fanfare,” measures 10 ¾” x 5” x 5 ¼” and is made from chicken wire, packing tape and dryer lint. The theme of “Bear” was quickness, just like little animals are often considered, and this quickness led to the choice in materials. “Bear” has a simple appearance to her, with a translucent body, an extremely long tail and no eyes. Her ears are made from Easter basket confetti, allowing the ears to stand out from the rest of the body.


Map of “Hug, Laugh, Smile, Friendly, Unforgettable”


Statement of Intent:
“Hug, Laugh, Smile, Friendly, Unforgettable” is a map of the United States of America, made from wood and broken ornament pieces.  The words “Hug,” “Laugh,” “Smile,” “Friendly,” “Unforgettable” are translated into the various languages spoken in the United States and written in different handwritings, on different colored ornament pieces.  Depth is created in the map by the assorted heights of the nails.  Hug, laugh, smile, friendly and unforgettable are beautiful words and should be put into practice all across the United States!

Just one More….

Maybe I will end up in there 😀

Perfect Artist for me to find!


Yeah, that’s dryer lint and tape!!!!!!!!!!!!!  aka INCREDIBLE!!!!

What to do with Dryer Lint?!

“Dryer lint is an expensive commodity. It represents the life being worn from your clothes by the action and heat of the dryer.”     By Joe

I was trying to sleep the other night and of course I can’t sleep.  Instead I think of dryer lint….weird, I know.  But anyway, here I am with the craving to make a sculpture involving dryer lint.  My brother is visiting the 28th so I asked my Mom to collect all the dryer lint she can from everyone she knows before that time.  So I figure since I still have no concrete ideas, I would just throw up some random pictures:


My Hamster…Finally Done!


Statement of Intent:
Furry childhood pets inspired my sculpture, entitled “Hamster Fanfare.” The hamster measures 40 ½” x 21”x 22” and is primarily made from coffee filters, chicken wire and felt.
The choice of simple materials was decided by the nature of hamsters, being small creatures, with their limit space and resources in their cages. “Hamster Fanfare” references a real hamster in the fluffiness of her face and the small emphasis in her hands. Hamsters have the ability to make people smile and laugh while they run around in their wheel and pack their cheeks with food. The big pink nose and her goofy personality magnify this playfulness. The hamster’s playful manner is also demonstrated in her size and the way she giggles when she moves on her float. Humor is present in the overall sculpture because of a tiny monster truck driving a 40 ½” hamster.

So Excited!

I am SO excited for my upcoming sculpture (I have been getting NO responses from Anchor people so that project is on hold-possibly forever).  Anyway, my new sculpture is a wall piece.  Oh and side note-this is my FIRST sculpture that I have thought of on my own 😀  So I am making a map of the United States and filling/outlining it with nails at different heights.  Glued to the heads of these nails are broken pieces of ornaments that I painted different bright, cheery colors.  On each of the ornaments is either the word smile, laugh, hug, unforgettable or friendly in all the languages spoken in the U.S.  And…the words are written in all different handwritings!  It’s going to be fabulous!