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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!!

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. 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 a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

2 replies on “Indias Bravas”

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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