I am from a small town called Kasson Mantorville which has six-thousand residents and is thirty minutes away from the Mayo Clinic Hospital. My nationality and ethnic background consists of brazilian, hispanic and french. Both my parents grew up in Mexico City along with the majority of my family. Growing up my family has kept many traditions and still continues to do so till this day. My mom made sure that my sister and I spoke spanish so we could communicate with our family members that lived in Mexico. Living in a Mexican household we grew up eating Mexican dishes, learning about Mexico’s history, and holidays. My mom studied art when she was in college and that influenced me to continue to do so since I found out it was something that I love to do.
I remember when I was in high school I had to write about a famous artist that I felt that I connected with the most. I went to talk to my mother and she recommended that I should write about Frida Kahlo. What surprised me about learning about her was that we had a lot in common besides being hispanic. Learning about her made me know more about Mexico because most of her portraits and works of art are inspired by nature and artifacts of Mexico. I can see myself being an artist but I have other goals that I would love to achieve as well. I feel that I do well in digital art so I would like to take more classes learning more about the different programs that a Graphic Designer would do. An art major has a variety of options that they can go into rather if it’s photography, web design, printmaking, ceramics etc. I realize that learning something new about art never stops, I am still figuring out new ways and techniques that will make me a better artist. Art is something that for me personally never gets boring because it always excites me which is why I pursued this major. I have also been interested in communications, so I would like to learn about that major and possibly combine that with my art major in the future. One of the careers that I was looking into was Social
Media Manager, which is communicating with people and organizing their brands within social media. I am definitely planning to take more communications classes in the future since communication involves web surfing, reading, and advertising products. Since I am a third year transfer I am hoping to take other courses that are closely related to communications to add to my art major. Some of my fears about being an art major that has always stuck in my mind is that if my artwork will be good enough. I have seen so many artists with their own talent and I can’t help but always compare my artwork. Growing up my mother had always told me that I am always hard on myself which is very true but showing my art to a group or crowd of people, I want them to be awed always because if I can impact someone with my work then I am doing something right. What has already helped me with my fears is taking Sophomore Topics. We had an assignment that impacted the way that I think about being an artist. We had to listen to a podcast and while listening to it, it explained how we should live our lives without fear because it keeps us away from being creative and stops us from doing things that make us better. What was engraved in my mind from the podcast was that it explained that the book says “Don’t let yourself be paralyzed by perfection.” That quote caught my attention because I realize that comparing myself to someone else’s work I will never improve since the only person I should be competing against is myself. I took one art history class that talked about art from the neolithic era to the present day. I would like to take Art History: Neolithic to 1400. I think learning about the past holds a variety of clues to life. Since art has symbolism, colors, and materials I would like to know more about the culture that produced it. I like looking at old artwork because it provides a different perspective at events that were painted and the situations that people were in during that specific time. I think taking that class will help me understand what art from the past was like then and how it has changed or evolved. Art history helps us gain knowledge and inspires us, it affects us how we talk, feel, and see the world around us.
I watched a documentary called “Banksy Does New York” and it definitely changed the way I look at art. The documentary covers an artist named Banksy who stays in New York for one month in October 2013 in which he presents his artwork around the city to the public while he announced the locations on via instagram each morning. What I liked about Banksy is that he is referred to as a vandal, street artist and political activist his artwork has no limits because it’s so bold. His style is a combination of dark humor and graffiti with a stencil technique. He displays his artwork on the streets, walla, and bridges around the world. I haven’t had much experience with 2D, 3D and 4D art but I have had experience with paint, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, web design, graphic design. I have used watercolor, charcoal, ink, pastels, oil paint, acrylic, and clay. What I hope to keep learning is water color because it is one of the materials that I have trouble with. I also would like to keep working with charcoal since I have always liked black and white drawings and photos. What I would like to try is photography and 3D artwork because I have seen incredible artwork that people have done and I have always been interested to try. A lot of the ideas that I have liked working on would have to be mixed media, flyers and posters I have created in photoshop, portraits, landscapes, politics and social order. I think the idea or subject that interests me more to pursue is political art since it’s so powerful and can send a huge message to a group of people. I have made a few art pieces, most of them being paintings. I mainly has to plan my ideas first and come up with the ones I liked the most. I had to find some inspiration on the web and make it my own. I notice that a habit that I do when creating artwork and something that makes me concentrate more is being in a space where I am by myself with loud music playing. That is when I notice I do my best artwork and I can see how well it turns out once I am done because of the inspiration I felt.