I think George had a lot of really interesting things to say. I really liked that she talked about performance art and I love that we were able to get a performance artist to come in and talk to us. I think performance art requires so much bravery and is so rare.
While I liked what she had to say, I do not think it synthesized very well and I did not really like all of her pieces. I had trouble identifying what differentiated her and her work other than the fact that it was made by her. I appreciated that she really wanted to connect to people and that she was very observant of social interactions and how we feel towards strangers. I think she has very unique ideas and I like them, but I did not see them connect to some overarching message or artistic goal. I think that maybe this class has maybe seen that lack of cohesion as a bad thing and I don't know if it is or not, but in the talk, I found her jumping from one idea to the next with little flow. Some people definitely work that way and I think her progression, or how she presented her different works showed a very different way of thinking than how I think and I think that her work is different because she was not limited by being in an art class. I don't know, I don't think that either is necessarily worse, but I found myself getting confused.
I really liked the subway pieces and the ideas behind it. I really appreciate that there was no great social commentary other than interacting, very briefly, with strangers and observing, but not necessarily over analyzing their responses. I think what she did required a lot of bravery which is really important to being artistic.
On the contrary, I really did not like the piece that she made about the photo she saw on Facebook, "Prosthetics of joy". She talked about it and I immediately rejected it and hated the idea, hated that she was so obsessed with it and that it consumed her work for that time. I have no idea why I responded so negatively. I really don't but when she started talking about, I completely rejected the idea which was really surprising to me. I liked how she talked about manipulating some things in the recreated piece, like the lace and the hair, but I just despised the picture she showed and that she felt so compelled to recreate it. My adverse reaction was a little alarming, but I just hated that piece and the idea behind it. I really liked the little drawings she made though, but to me, that was such a sharp contrast to the "prosthetics of joy" and that was just very confusing for me. I liked the drawings but I felt like I had seen similar things before so nothing she mentioned intrigued or excited me very much, though I really did appreciate her subway experiments.
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