Lightning Bugs

My fascination with lightning bugs is is far from unique. When looking for a suitable metaphor for my thesis project about social media I found the lightning bug to be perfect. 

I learned that they blink at a particular speed in order to find mates of their own species. This felt like a good representation of identity, which is why I adapted it as my logo or icon. I drew the logo and the spiral in the light on its back ended up looking like a finger print, which reinforced the idea of identity perfectly.

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Biophilia

I was introduced to E.O. Wilson and the phrase he coined, biophilia in graduate school. I watched the NOVA documentary, Lord of the Ants I watched while I worked on projects in gradate school. I believe it caught my eye because my chosen metaphor for [my thesis] concept was lightening bugs, so I wanted at least a hint of a biological understanding of [emergence.] I gravitated so much to it I watched it over and over again. 

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Art in an Anthropocene Age

I've fallen in love with the work of E.O. Wilson. I was introduced to the phrase biophelia, which lead me to the book in which Wilson coins the term. To my surprise there were many references to the humanities, arts and it's relationship with science. I've leaned towards his books that focus on the humanities, like [Origin of Creativity], although his profession is a naturalist. Recently I started reading Half-Earth.

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Programmed at the Whitney

Each floor seemed to have an exhibit that appealed to some artistic interest of mine. There was a show about regionalist art, [Andy Warhol], and most relatable, [new media]. 

I'm not sure how long the regionalist art exhibit was up for. I remember [seeing it in March] when I visited. It was personally meaningful to me seeing it among the other shows. I doubt it was intentional on the part of the curators. Although there are modern qualities to the landscape paintings, my interest in [how it relates to new media] is, as far as I'm aware fairly unique. 

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Going West

I believe "Going West" is a painting to be based on drawing benton did while traveling across the united states his second time. Vast fields and endless sky gave him a sense of immensity of the landscape, and insignificance of an individual. He saw the train as a powerful machine that allowed us to traverse the vastness of the west. While he was traveling Benton did many drawing and quick studies. The detail in the painting is scant because he probably didn't have tim to explore the detail. This layout appears in a few of his other works including "America Today."

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