Recent Things

May 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Passing time in Union Station
I went to the opening event for “The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol” at MOCA Grand. The show was really impressive which is great! I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m not actually a huge fan of Warhol, but some of the pieces in this show are so fantastic!
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Josh Smith^^^

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Wade Guyton^^^

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Julie Mehretu^^^^

DAS INSTITUT, MOCA Grand, Los Angeles
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DAS INSTITUT ^^^^

While I was there, I took some snapshots of the Rothko paintings in the permanent collection since I had failed to do so in all of my previous visits
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Still working on my embroidery
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It’s May! It’s May! A good month so far!
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Then I just thought the light in my apartment looked nice
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Best recent thing of all, my review panel passed my portfolio! This is my happiest, mascara smeary, tears of joy forever and ever face!
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Seattle Aquarium

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I totally forgot to post the rest of my pictures from Seattle last month! Whoops! Here’s some snapshots from the Seattle Aquarium!
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Jelly

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Seahorse

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FOOD! & Flowers I guess too

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

So now I would like to share some snapshots from Pike Place Market. It was actually kind of depressing because I wanted to buy so much of the yummy produce & the tasty looking fish but it would have been so impractical. & they had all these really wonderful, super bright flowers that again, I wanted to keep, but could not! Augh! But first I will show you this picture of what I ate before going to the market at Citizen Coffee. Fantastic name, fantastic coffee. & isn’t it nice when someone draws a heart in your latte? I think so. Hearts all the time! None of that leafy nonsense!
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So I guess that is the first Starbucks. I did not actually go in because I’m not that into Starbucks & it was incredibly crowded. This banjo guy was quite talented though!

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So that’s it from there! I hope this isn’t too boring. There will be otters & dinosaurs & a troll in the near future!

Space Needle

March 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

I really like the Space Needle in the way that you have to like over the top, touristy, sensationalist things that were created for World’s Fairs of the past. It is exactly what I was expecting it to be, an odd structure that sang to my sci-fi loving heart. The thing that I was not expecting was an angry bird attached to it & I’m still not entirely sure what that’s about, but I’ve never really been into that game (Triple Town & Very Hungry Cat are my iPhone favorites if you wanted to know). Anyway, I paid the ridiculous $19 admission to go to the top of the needle & it was pretty neat! I also bought many a postcard for some of my favorite friends (& my parents, duh!) back home!

I Left My Heart In . . . Wait, That’s Not How The Song Goes!

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

I’ve been in Seattle this past weekend! It’s so exciting to visit somewhere new & it’s been ages since I’ve been able to go anywhere outside of L.A. except for short visits home. You’ll have to excuse the barrage of very touristy pictures that will be taking up this space in the next few days! Seattle was so cute & small & really easy to get around. It seems like it would be really fun to live there for a year or two.

Recent Things

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

The quarter has ended! Yay! Spring Break! Party all the time! Not really though because in actual real life I’ll be working on stuff for my degree.

Delicious things.

& then I got totally dramatic & cut all my hair off!

Just kidding, I actually just wanted to cut bangs again.

Time to Return to Blogging by Talking About Things I Don’t Usually Talk About

March 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

Mimetismo by Remedios Varo. Currently at LACMA’s “In Wonderland” exhibit.

Because that totally makes sense? Here is something that also makes only a questionable amount of sense: I am taking a break from writing to write some more, but on a different subject.

I guess I stopped by to complain. I hope you don’t mind. The thing that I wish to complain about is the way women are treated. I feel like women somehow are treated by society as if we were second rate citizens and no one really tries to keep it a secret and no one seems to be all that upset. Well maybe there are fleeting moments of anger, but then seem to quiet down very quickly.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently (a month-ish ago) opened an absolutely beautiful exhibit, “In Wonderland”, (which I cannot recommend enough!) celebrating women surrealist artists as creators in their own right and not simply as the muses, sidekicks, wives, companions of their often more famous male counterparts. The exhibit is great not just because of the work that is on display, but also because it highlights themes that I feel are prevalent in all women’s lives, regardless of how we express those. I remember walking through the exhibit and thinking, “Some of these things must also be felt by men.” Things like feeling out of place, feeling inadequate were very common. There is heartbreak and there is humor in a lot of the art on display.

For some reason though, it seems like the experiences of women are not as welcome in the world. They get shushed. The reason why there aren’t really art exhibits that specifically honor men as a group is probably because men have already had plenty of chances to sound off. I found it incredibly sad that several of the artist’s represented in “In Wonderland” were never very well known or were shadowed by the artistic work of a more famous significant other.

I also found it sad that an exhibit celebrating the powerful imagination and skill of women opened at the same time that women’s reproductive rights were under debate. In my head, there is no debate over whether or not all insurance companies should provide coverage for birth control: they should. For some reason it never occurred to me that employers would object to including coverage for birth control for religious reasons. What does religion have to do with your health? With your work? I’m not sure. I do know that your health and work are very much related in that if you are unwell, you can’t be very unproductive at work, so why not just give employees the best coverage affordable?

It disgusts me to think of people assuming that a woman on birth control is a woman asking others to pay for her to be sexually promiscuous as a certain infamous voice in the media proclaimed. It also disgusts me to think that people have the right to assume why a woman may take birth control pills and that they have any right to assume anything about her sexual activity and her morals. To begin with, if a woman wants to have sex with no one, one person, or twelve people, it isn’t anyone’s business apart from her and her partner(s). Secondly, if anyone knows anything about birth control pills, it’s not like they protect you from every negative consequence associated with sex. The pill will generally protect you from pregnancy. It does not protect a woman from STDs, UTIs, or negative emotional consequences that could be considered a risk associated with sex. A woman on the pill is not saying, “I want someone else to take responsibility for me”, she is saying, “I want to be in control of my body.”

For some reason, I hardly hear about other reasons why a woman might be on birth control besides preventing pregnancy. What about women who (like me) experience severe physical pain during menstruation and take the pill to lessen that pain? Or women who have a horribly irregular cycle otherwise? Women who take it to help with acne? I don’t understand what that has to do with religion.

Why is it that as a woman, I have to deal with men who feel like it’s okay to refer to me as if I am nothing but a body, a sexual object when I am just trying to do things like walk from point A to point B? And why is it that when some men are being more persistent, no one else stands up for me? I get at most a sympathetic look, how helpful.

Why do women seem to earn consistently less than men, even when putting in relatively equal hours of work? And why is it that fields that seem to have so many women (oh I don’t know, let’s say information science for example) seem to have so few of them in the highest positions?

Women are too often not respected. And for some reason, we aren’t even considered capable of making our own decisions about our bodies, something that we should be able to as legal citizens. I sincerely hope to see a time when women and men are treated equally.

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