Monday, August 23, 2010

Chapter Books

Do you ever think about how ink becomes marks, and those marks become letters? Then those letters are strung together to form words and phrases and sentences. Those sentences are structured into paragraphs, those paragraphs grow into pages, which then accumulate into chapters. The chapters eventually become volumes, and the volumes become editions, and the editions become collections that eventually become libraries that permeate our society and inform our culture. Of course, that ink could have just as easily been a note to self written on someone's palm, or in my case, scribbled all over my thigh along with oodles of project ideas and other thoughts. That ink could have been smeared across a page and formed an image. Or it could have written a date on a calendar, a date that could later become an anniversary, and the beginning of something beautiful.

(Click on photo for source.)

Sometimes I worry about projects I have created digitally. I always try to have a tangible connection, for I worry about my art, in the end being nothing. This sensation, a new age horror vacui, is something I think about every day. It scares me to think about how many beautiful creations can be reduced to a series of ones and zeroes. What if one of those ones or zeroes changed places with another? Just two tiny digits in a seemingly endless stream...could they really make that much of a difference? Or could they make a huge difference? Could they be the difference between an elegant animation and a Youtube parody? The difference between a thesis and a facebook status? Between libraries and homework reminders?

Sometimes, I just think about things. I like thinking about potential, and the things we create and the beautiful relationships we seem to form by chance. I don't think it's by chance, though.


I'm sure that by week three, I will be dreading Mondays, solely because my days will go from 8am til 10pm. At least I can look forward to my classes. I really enjoyed all of them. The liberal art classes seem to be really interesting, and I already have projects in mind for my studio classes.

Tomorrow I have a fibers class that I have been looking forward to since last year. There are so many processes I want to learn that will only help make my animations stronger. At least, that's the plan.

2 comments:

Lauren said...

"Sometimes I worry about projects I have created digitally. I always try to have a tangible connection, for I worry about my art, in the end being nothing. This sensation, a new age horror vacui, is something I think about every day."

I feel this way about digital photos and writing letters via email. There is nothing tangible to leave behind. My most precious things are old pictures I have of my parents and old letters they exchanged - what will I give my children?

Michaela Lynch said...

Lauren,
It's nice to know someone feels the same way I do. I try to at least print out my favorite emails, and I'm starting to print out my blog posts. But it's not the same as a handwritten letter or an old photograph, is it?