Thursday, July 28, 2011

week 2 || emily's post

Apparently I'm partial to collages. I'll try to change it up next week. This is my interpretation of SGRIOBN: the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky. I thought it was different. And I found it hilarious that the Irish decided they needed to have a word for it. Gaelic is a cool language. If you look up how certain words are pronounced some of them make you laugh, but others really capture the meaning behind the word. I feel like the English language doesn't have a lot of that. How sad for us. Anyway, I tried to look past the amusing side of sgriobn into the darker side. Someone who takes the itch as an invitation to an all-night party. The damaging effects of being too familiar with alcohol. My original writing was different, but didn't aesthetically please me when placed over the image. So I wrote a quick little something over the image instead of covering the entire thing in order to fit the original text. 


this song, 2nd movement of pathetique song by beethoven, came to mind when i read the definition of saudade

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2 || mel

can be translated as "longing, yearning", which describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for something or someone that one loves and which is apart. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might really never return.

my piece wasn't as literal as the last.
both photos were taken by me;
emily being the one who yearns & the flowers representing ephemeral beauty

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 1 - Luke's (late) post

Forgive me for posting this slightly late! 
This is my dear Winged Victory of Samothrace (here's the real thing  in the Louvre: who in my opinion embodies much of our muse Clio. 

I mean just look at this poor girl. She's beat up -- head, feet, arms all missing -- but she strides forward, still fluid and beautiful. She also has a fascinating story. After spending a few thousand years in a temple as a monument to a battle that happened nearby, she wound up at the Louvre. Here's where it gets really interesting. As the Nazis advanced on Paris, the curators and workers all snuck the most precious of the pieces to the countryside of France, where every single one survived and was recovered after the War. Our dear Victory here was one of them. 

Hopefully I'll be a little more prompt next time. Cheers, friends -


Monday, July 25, 2011


pick a word & use it as inspiration
(thank you, whoever suggested it!)

first week // sarah

                                                                                                         Making History

So I have been re-reading Inkheart.  If you haven't read it, I suggest it.

especially if you have a love for books.
if you're not a fan of books, I suppose...well you should read it anyway. But not on your Kindle.
In it, the father is a book-binder.

The long and short of it is that it inspired me to make my own book. Not a clue what I will write in it, but I sure hope its romantic.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week I -- Dan

Melpomene - Muse of Tragedy

My work explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and midlife subcultures.
With influences as diverse as Wittgenstein and John Lennon, new combinations are generated from both explicit and implicit textures.
Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of the human condition. What starts out as vision soon becomes corrupted into a dialectic of power, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the inevitability of a new understanding.
As spatial phenomena become clarified through emergent and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the edges of our condition. 

--Courtesy of Artsy Bullocks Generator 

week 1 || emily's post

The muse Erato represents love and erotic poetry. I was immediately drawn to her, being in love myself. When I asked my boyfriend to pose for me, I knew instantly what I wanted to share with you. Sleeping apart from your lover is a difficult experience, especially after sharing multiple nights together. It must be Erato who is with me when I wake up in the middle of the night, memories of being with him flashing through my mind. She stays with me until I can fall asleep, leading me into the assurance that wherever he is, he's dreaming of me too, and I can drift off with a smile on my face. Erato is a muse who understands lovers, and does her best to help them survive the hours apart. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

week one - vivien

i chose urania mainly because i wanted to do something involving the stars/night sky.
so this is actually two 30 second exposures layered over each other, one of the sky alone and one of me holding a "globe" while standing on a bucket in the middle of my backyard and strongly resembling the girl from the grudge :x
i had my sister keep me company and it was kind of like an asian buffet for the mosquitoes, but i guess it was worth it even though i pretty much have to go take a bath in cortizone 10 now.

1 || mel

i chose the muse urania. which is the muse of astronomy.
i knew at once i was going to pick urania, just because i am fascinated with the stars & universe.
this figure, with her face representing the moon, reflects several different constellations of all seasons and hemispheres.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Week One. Aly's post.

The muse I picked was Clio, because I thought she stood out from the others. Their schools were all things like 'poetry' and 'song' or 'tragedy' but Clio represents history.

The more I thought about this, Clio came to life in my head. She doesn't deal with abstract ideals or things that have multiple interpretations. Clio believes in the facts. She is full of knowledge and precise dates and never second guesses herself. Clio is the living record of the rise of mankind, and she is proud.

I tried to make this ideal of her in my head real though this photograph. It's very simple and extremely literal. This is Clio.


yikes, so this is the first entry in this blog. That's kind of nerve-wracking. I hope I'm doing this right.
If you like the photo the full size can be found here.Welp that's all folks.



pick a muse:
"The Muses preside over the arts and sciences, inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians."

Calliope ................ of epic song
Clio ...................... of history
Euterpe ................ of lyric poetry
Melpomene ......... of tragedy
Terpsichore ......... of choral songs and the dance
Erato .................... of love poetry
Polyhymnia ......... of sacred poetry
Urania ................. of astronomy
Thalia .................. of comedy

pick on & go for it! there is no wrong or right answer. any media is fine. just make sure you can post it on here!