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Art Progression

CollegeChloe Gordon

I think I’ve mentioned this pretty often, but I’m majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Technology, Arts, and Media. This semester my classes are very creative based. 

We’re talking Film, Photography, and Web Design along with a Crime and Society and a branding class. While these classes are at the peak of my interest and they’re the stepping stones to my future, they’re hard. Really, really hard. I don’t know if it’s because art is a tricky thing to get a grade for or if it’s just the idea of learning and honing in on new skill sets, but my grades this year are lower than last year when I was taking mostly core classes. 

I’ve always been the kind of person to make good grades. I’m not saying it came naturally, but I studied and made the grades I wanted to. My school work felt like it was in my control all the way until this year. My photography class is super fun, don’t get me wrong, but I just got a 70% on a project I thought I did well on. 

It was a little heart breaking because I feel like when your art work is graded lower than you think you deserve it’s a personal thing. Math is a yes or no answer, but art is like a yes, no, maybe, sometimes, here and there, up and down, left and right, all around kinda answer. It’s hard to grade and even harder to hear the grade. 

This year especially I feel like I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for art and all of the thought and hard work that go into it. I’ve decided that I’m going to start sharing a few of my projects on here so you guys can see the progression of my artwork and thoughts and feelings. Also so I can look back and see the progression, but I’m trying to not be too selfish. 
Kidding, but not really. 

So for my photography class, the first project we had was to photograph a series of three with the theme of “life, in-between, and death.” I first thought about what represents our lives as humans and then I thought about how each year to celebrate another year of life we celebrate through cake. I then thought it would be cool to photograph the life, in-between, and death of cake itself and this is what I came up with: 

The next project we had was to take an old family picture and put ourselves into it. I decided to take a picture of my great grandmother and her friends and put myself on one of her friends faces. I then placed us into the quad at my school so it was like me in their lives but also them in my life. A weird little project. 

The next one was on the topic of surveillance and how we, as humans, are always being documented even without out knowledge. We had to go out and take pictures of random people and then put them into a snapshot that we took from google images of the same place where we took our “stalker pic.” I then edited mine to look a little more “surveillance-y” and here’s what I came up with: 

Thanks for reading! 

the beach, but not the beach, but the beach, but also not

Chloe Gordon

The other day my mom told my brother and I that we were going to go to the beach. We live in Florida so it didn’t seem that out of the ordinary, but when I mentioned that rain was in the forecast my mom mentioned that it didn’t matter because it was an “indoor beach.” 

I was super confused, mostly because how does an entire ocean fit indoors (riddle me that) but also because my mom sounded excited about it and she hates the beach (something about sand ending up where it shouldn’t). 

I still didn’t really know what I was getting myself into until we ended up at the arena in my downtown area. We got in line and the people working there immediately asked my brother and I if we wanted free ice cream. I instantly knew I was were I belonged in life. We then walked into the arena and I was met with white everywhere. Like literally everything was white. The chairs, the floors, the walls, the corn hole, the “water.” 

Basically, the whole “beach” is an interactive art exhibit. The water is a giant ball pit and the floors feel like real sand. It’s kind of everything a beach should be (in my eyes), air conditioned, clean, no sunscreen needed, so bikini body needed, etc. 

Here are a few pictures, and definitely be on the lookout to see if it’s coming to your city any time soon. Or if any cool interactive art exhibits are in your area because 9 times out of 10 they are totally worth checking out! 

thanks for reading!