[KM Project] Journal: Week 3

Day 11 Mon. 06/19 As some of you may have noticed, many photos in the previous two blog entries have been taken down or switched. This happened because, in one of my conversations with Professor Hamilakis about my ongoing sculpture project, he told me that I cannot post any photo depicting things directly related to the excavation due to the regulation of the Greek Archaeological Service. This is not a …

[KM Project] Journal: Week 2

Day 6 Mon. 06/12 It rained heavily in Neo Monastiri over the weekend. In order to protect our trenches from being destroyed by the storm, the supervisors had to run over to the site and cover the trenches with giant plastic sheets. Well, this solved the problem of the water getting in contact with the soil, but it creates another one: the plastic and the water together made the trenches …

[KM Project] Journal: Week 1

Koutroulou Magoula is a tell site on the south-western edge of the Thessalian plain in central Greece, 2.5km south of the modern town of Neo Monastiri in Fthiotida. It is part of a rich archaeological landscape, in which dozens of Neolithic tells feature prominently. Systematic archaeological work on the site, directed by Kyparissi-Apostolika and Hamilakis, started in 2001 and continued until today. This journey was many firsts for me. My …

JMa Stickers: What and Why

One day in the winter of my sophomore year, wandering aimlessly in a book store, I ran into a large book with a fancy cover named OBEY: Supply & Demand – The Art of Shepard Fairey. I have heard the name “Shepard Fairey” from the famous Obama “Hope” poster, so I bought the book in order to learn more about this artist. It turned out that Shepard Fairey was a RISD alumni. While still a …

Portfolio, An Update

I was making significant progress during this last portion of 2015. With the Early Decision results announced, I could take the burden of writing more college essays off my shoulder and concentrate solely on my drawing. Besides class time, the after-school art session gave me an roughly extra ninety minutes of studio time per day. After staring at Pablo for countless hours and at least ten pieces of rough charcoal …

Portfolio, Next Move

What I finally did with my new piece was that I merged rib cage, lung, and a ladybug together. Bones replaced the outer shell of a ladybug, and two pieces of lung became the wings. The finished drawing with ink turned out to be fine, but again I struggled with what to put in the background. I did not think beforehand what kind of setting this mutated ladybug would be in but just …

Self-Portrait and Burning Man Project

Self-Portrait Collecting and sorting out ideas through sketchbook is truly an efficient way to kickstart a new project. I was assigned over Spring break to do ten sketches on my next project – a self portrait based on my theme “Catching the Evanescence”. Before I opened my sketchbook and started to brainstorm, the assignment seemed very tedious and useless to me – I was used to forming ideas in my mind before …

Artisanship, An Origami Rose Project

Ever since the beginning of Industrial Revolution, the term “artisanship” seemed to disappear from people’s life. Quantity became the ultimate destination, and quality was valued less. Having been practicing Chinese calligraphy for nine years in my childhood, I understand the true meaning of “artisanship”: it is about having a tremendous amount of patience, paying attention to numerous details, and not compromising until the end. Such characteristics can be found in many …

Catching the Evanescence

Ideas grow on themselves. At the beginning, it was just the first assignment of the year of my art class. “Pattern as a principle, like repeated objects.” explained Ms. Smith. So, as usual, I took out my sketchbook and started brainstorming. I did most of the thinking in my brain, plotting a giant mind map that kept getting bigger and bigger. A feeling of freedom, which in some way contracts …