Wait I am FAMOUS!?!?!?!

Many people today love the idea of being “rich and famous”. This idea sounds promising for many reasons in my personal opinion. Many people like the different titles like “famous”, “celebrity”, “social-light” and “glitzy” are associated with them. Also, many people just like the attention drawn upon them. So you are most likely wondering as to how I would define “fame”, personally as anything you accomplished, did that makes attention drawn onto you to make you even more then normally. I do believe that any one can be famous but you can be famous for the rest of your life in both the positive light and in the negative light.

A perfect example of someone who is famous is Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was a notable model, actress, and singer from 1947 till her death in 1962. Marilyn was known as famous because of her successful careers in film, modeling and evening in singing. Many people viewed her as a very beautiful young woman with a successful future. Marilyn became so famous that after her death in 1962 she continued to be immortal by many in works of art and other different medias. Andy Warhol created a handful of different works of portraits of Marilyn in different “pop” colors. These works created by Warhol helps keep Marilyn and himself immortal and known to everyone. The work gives different generations the opportunity to recognize both the subject of the work (Marilyn) and the artist of the work (Warhol). With Warhol’s work you can still to this day and have many prints of Marilyn available to hang-up in your home and she and Warhol will continue to get recognized. Celebrities can die though; this is so if they are not as famous and notable for what made them become famous or they fell of the radar and because people loss interest in them.

So fame can last your whole inter life or it can be there one day and gone the next. If I was to ever become famous I would make sure that it was in the positive light, like charity work or becoming a well known art-director and not in the negative light. Fame can be as big as you make it and can change the way of your life. Just make sure that you make sure that fame portrays you in a positive way of life.

Below are two images of Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn. Additional is a very “famous” photograph of Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe

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Question #6

“Most of us have been conditioned to use mark making tools (pencils, pens, and brushes) with precision points to create and communicate ideas and images. How do you react to the amount of control you have when using your fingers to creating images on your capacitive touch screen? Are you able to develop a comfortable technique with which to paint and draw?”

 

Working on a touch screen device this semester has been challenging at times for many reasons. Especially, because I am not use to using my finger as the mark making tool. Almost all the art I have made uses a mark making tool which I have so much more control of. I do not care for the lack of control that I have with using my finger as the stylist. I have started to develop a more comfortable technique since the beginning of the course, I have found how to manipulate my fingers and the use of pressure of my fingers to control my art work. I have deiced that investing in a stylist is key in order to make certain pieces of art and can be very helpful at times. 

Question #6

Most of us have been conditioned to use mark making tools (pencils, pens, and brushes) with precision points to create and communicate ideas and images. “How do you react to the amount of control you have when using your fingers to creating images on your capacitive touch screen? Are you able to develop a comfortable technique with which to paint and draw?”

I truly do not like using my fingers when creating images on my iPad. I really feel limited and at times feel at a disadvantage when creating images with my fingers. Fingers are just to large sometimes to make the most detailed work on an iPad. I have started to use a stylist, I really enjoy working with JotPro. I have been able to develop a comfortable technique to paint and draw while using the JotPro. I really believe that the JotPro would be a great investment and I believe it to be beneficial to my art work. 

What Truely is Identity?

      So, after some time of thinking and trying to understand what truly is identity, I think I might of come to a conclusion. I think that identity is a way of presenting one’s self in an individual way that is unique to one. I do believe that everyone is born with his or her own identity. Identity helps to shape and form us as individuals into who we are. Identities sometime can be invented and/or adopted at will because even though many people try to change what identifies them as individuals there will always be one dominate identifier that will always standout. An example of this is Nikki S. Lee and her Hip-Hop Project. Below is a photo of Nikki S. Lee trying to fit in with an African American and Hip-Hop culture. Even though she is able to make her strong Korean ethnicity dominant you are still able to distinguish it through her facial structure.
Maureen 
     For my art-making project I decided to change my identity to an “urban, hip-hop” style. With this transformation I have oversized and baggy clothes on that hide my body shape. Additionally, I had a hat, bandanna, men’s shoes, and tattoos (drawn on with marker). In this transformation I discovered that my identity is truly both physical and psychological. I believe this so because of identity can truly be physical because I “physically changed my appearance with clothing.” It also can psychological because many people can try to make themselves think and act like other people do and force themselves to be how they want to identify themselves as. Culture and society really do shape our identities in life. Where ever you are from and whichever society really can shape us as individuals. Culture and society are key factors that many people do not normally think of affecting identity but these two factors really in my personal opinion can really change who and how we identify ourselves. 
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Acting a Little Outside the Box

So, after some time of thinking and trying to understand what truly is identity, I think I might of come to a conclusion. I think that identity is a way of presenting one’s self in an individual way that is unique to one. I do believe that everyone is born with his or her own identity. Identity helps to shape and form us as individuals into who we are. Identities sometime can be invented and/or adopted at will because even though many people try to change what identifies them as individuals there will always be one dominate identifier that will always standout. An example of this is Nikki S. Lee and her Hip-Hop Project. Below is a photo of Nikki S. Lee trying to fit in with an African American and Hip-Hop culture. Even though she is able to make her strong Korean ethnicity dominant you are still able to distinguish it through her facial structure.

So for my art-making project I decided to change my identity to an “urban, hip-hop” style. With this transformation I have oversized and baggy clothes on that hide my body shape. Additionally, I had a hat, bandanna, men’s shoes, and tattoos (drawn on with marker). In this transformation I discovered that my identity is truly both physical and psychological. I believe this so because of identity can truly be physical because I “physically changed my appearance with clothing.” It also can psychological because many people can try to make themselves think and act like other people do and force themselves to be how they want to identify themselves as. Culture and society really do shape our identities in life. Where ever you are from and whichever society really can shape us as individuals. Culture and society are key factors that many people do not normally think of affecting identity but these two factors really in my personal opinion can really change who and how we identify ourselves.

Pushing the Limits?… Religion as a Conceptual Framework

For religion as a conceptual framework I had to take three different photographs that captured religion as affirmative, critical, and neutral. For these photograph’s I tried to think of different and unique ways of trying to capture these three different terms. In this project my photograph I took to capture the meaning of affirming religion was of the St. Joseph Chapel, here on campus at Holy Cross. The way I snapped the photo, I stood from the back of the chapel looking forward towards the alter and the cross that is in the background of the chapel’s wall. This photograph really makes me feel that it is affirmative because the way the light and the way the pews are aliened in a straight columns leading straight towards the alter. Below is my photograph with my first perspective affirmative.

 

My second photograph that showed religion as critical was a photograph of my self standing against a tree that mirrors the way that Jesus was crucified on the cross. I personally feel that I am pushing the envelope with this photograph. I believe this because you never see any one imitate the way Jesus died for us on the cross. Below is my photograph that shows my second perspective critical.

My third and final photograph is of stained glass. I took this photograph also in the St. Joseph Chapel but I believe it to be able to relate anywhere though. We normally see stained glass as a form of art either in lamps, windows, art studies and many other places. This is a form art that is normally is appreciated by many and is normally not associated with religion. This form of art is beautiful and is very peaceful and can be seen as “spiritual” depending what the artist has created to portray. Below is my photograph that shows my third perspective Neutral. 

This project really helped me with the understanding of trying to think in other people’s positions and understandings of what their definition of religion is and how they view affirmative, critical, and neutral.