“In reality, I don’t think art is a trivial thing to devote four years (even a whole life!) to. I’ve spent the past four years practicing and thinking about my craft(s) and learning to grow my critical brain. Not ‘critical’ like your mom when she’s telling you how tragically messy your room is (True Life); I mean the kind of critical that looks at something as minute as the specific typeface a newspaper uses or as massive as the historical, political, and social backdrop to a given art movement, and asks: ‘Why is that?’ The kind of critical that questions everything to gain understanding, then channels that new knowledge into a creative impulse, resulting in work that’s more informed, more directed, more interesting. This kind of critical wants me to do something important with my concern and curiosity about the world, and knows that art, writing, and all manner of culture-making are more than important—they’re crucial.”
“The after-school snack is the most important meal of your social life—friends go where the snacks are, after all, leaving memories and crumbs to be ground into the carpets and cushions of our lives. The afternoon snack is the pillar of the adolescent weekday, a tall and steady totem of three o’clock refueling for the wobbling soldiers of sixth-period math.”
“Henson was also influential to me as an artist. I related most to artists who dream in large strokes but who also insist on keeping their work accessible to everyone. I want to make idealistic art whose main goal is to delight people—Jim Henson is the one who showed me this was possible.”
Waxing poetic about the haunting, special qualities of finding the vocal tracks of your favorite tunes.
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As an only child, my terrier, Sammy, played a leading role in my childhood and the growing-up process of filling in gaps of my heart. He’s a senior now, and my childhood is over. I wrote about the moment where these two occurrences feel like the same thing.
My life partner is Neil Young, my closest companion since I gained musical consciousness as a pre-teen.
SELF/OBJECT: A collection of stories and analysis of how and why girls learn to self-objectify is a collection of interviews from a range of young women prompted by the question: when did you begin to self-objectify? I responded to these insightful and meaningful reflections while looking at a study done in 2010 by the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. However, we don’t need to reference this study to understand what’s going on: we have these stories, and a million more.
Telling and listening are foundational in understanding girls’ experiences with objectification and self-judgement. Combining evidence from stories and studies, I made my own statement about the harming effects of a society that designates girls into being their own harshest critics – and for whom?
Special thanks and appreciation to Terra, Caitlin, Esme, Ifrah, Allie, Jo Marie, and Lena for their generous insight.
This was created as my final project for Girl Culture with Prof. Melinda de Jesus at CCA, Spring 2013.
My thoughts on growing up the runt of the pack in grade school, and how that bled through to my other social experiences as I crawl into adulthood.
In high school, my parents split for finals and my mom became a single mother. I wrote about that, and what makes growing up with a single mom special.
Printed in ROOKIE Yearbook Two published by Drawn & Quarterly, out on Oct. 1, 2013.