It's been about 8 days since my senior year officially started, but it already feels like I have been here for at least 8 weeks! The pressure was ON from the very first week!
During the last two days, I was actually out of classes and attending the Senior Retreat. The Senior Retreat is basically a two-day event organized for the seniors about the whole college application process. It allows us to have the time inside the school to go talk to the councilors, work on the personal statement, research on colleges or just simply learn more about the common application.
It was a very useful opportunity for me to learn more about the whole process- but I must admit that it got me very nervous about my whole application. There are just so many requirements... And oh my gosh the Common App and the Supplement essays...
Well, apart from the Senior Retreat, nothing much has been going on at school. The new art project, along with many other assignments for different subjects, is due next week, so I will have to spend all my time indoors this weekend, which I guess is okay because it's hot outside during the day anyways.
For the art project, I'm actually currently glazing and painting the clay head that I made last semester. I have so far glazed my clay head pastel purple, and am planning to write some Chinese numbers over the cheeks. I was actually inspired by a work that I saw when I was skimming through the article from Art in America magazine that my Art teacher gave me for reference. The article was about the current exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the New York City, called the "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China."
This exhibition, apparently the first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art at MET, displays a wide range of Chinese works in various medium, including calligraphy and woodblock prints. Through the works of renowned Chinese contemporary artists like Ai Wei Wei, Xu Bing, Zhang Huan and many more, the exhibition illustrates how Chinese artists are unleashing their creativity through the reinterpretation of ancient art.
Zhang Huan also has another work where he writes Chinese characters on his face over and over until his entire face is covered in ink. It's like he's trying to say having too much knowledge or information will keep you from seeing clearly. (I feel like this goes for the college app process as well... Too much information about college keeps me concerned 24/7)
The second picture of the artist with raw rib bones actually reminded me of this performance artist our art class visited last school year. His name is He Yunchang. He did a film- I believe- that recorded the artist having his ribs taken out with having any kind of anesthesia. I know, it's bloody and just.. gruesome. I actually did not see the film, nor did I wish to, but just hearing the artist talk about this artwork and his experience engraved a lasting impression of him on me. And this piece by Zhang Huan really reminds me of it...
I will for sure further research about the contemporary artists whose works were displayed at this exhibition. I'm so curious because their works are similar to my IB Art works in the sense they are reflective and related to the Chinese culture. Hopefully I can finish the piece and the research on my sketchbook by next week..