Indias Bravas

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What is the best way to understand artists?

For me, it’s, actually, going through the art making process. To experience what the artist experiences. Everyone is unique and completely different but the commonality is the struggle all artists have to create something and be heard, seen, and understood. The above slide show includes pictures I took of my work currently at the UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design campus in Downtown San Francisco. I did a series of drawings for my ‘Working in Series’ class. Having never shown work before, it was an eye-opening experience. Although a student show, it reminded me of all the components integral in staging an actual exhibition.

Likes:

  • The camaraderie
  • Seeing my classmates again
  • Witnessing how we’re all different and how our unique experiences are reflected in our work
  • Teamwork amongst artists to showcase work appropriately
  • An amazing professor – Pam Lanza!

 Dislikes:

  • Measuring and hanging
  • The Security Guard gave me the stink eye as I entered the building with my drawings as if I wasn’t supposed to be there
  • Hanging up the art work and looking at it a million times to see if it’s straight
  • Feeling sad when seeing my classmates’ frustrated after having to hang and re-hang their pieces
  • Wondering if people will understand or care…then again, it doesn’t matter (I guess)

Overall, being an art maker has definitely helped me with my writing skills. Allowing myself to being an artist (outside of classes and writing) gives me insight into the overall process. Another epiphany, I don’t want to be a curator or gallery owner! They have ridiculously difficult jobs!!

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

2 thoughts on “Indias Bravas”

    1. Hey Tim! Thank you so much for the kind words. I definitely love making art and photography so I try to take a class that reminds me how to do it. Also, I tried accessing your WordPress blog but it’s not working for me. 😦 Is it set to private? I would love to view your latest work. Thanks again!

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