artSLAM: Day 2
A little journal entry that I added a picture to showing off the four species currently inhabiting Earth-14 (The first human explorers of Earth-13 did that) left to right: Humans, Sand Cats (Sanders), BirdFolk, and Facebeasts (pictured is a Mantikhora sp.)
artSLAM: Day 1
Weavercat is back! *boos and hisses* Yes, yes. I know.
Darnit, I’m doing artSLAM again. Darnit.
This is both great, and very sad. Your question what’s the point in all our hard work if no one will see it? is the sort of sentiment that results in so many collections and archives falling into states of disrepair and neglect - but I totally understand your feelings because for a very long time I asked myself the same about the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. When I realized I couldn’t get people on campus to care enough to stop by and see the museum, I started a blog. (spoiler alert: it was this blog)
I will say that if you dedicate your time to this place - to organizing the specimens and working towards the ultimate goal that someday they will be seen - your work will pay off. You will begin to feel a personal investment in the collection. You will stumble across an item that sparks an interest you didn’t realize you had, and in the dark of that little closet you will feel an unusual connection to this item. You will begin learning about not only the history of the specimens but also what they represent: the diversity of our natural world. You’ll go to a party and someone will ask you what you’ve been up to and you won’t be able to find the words to express that you’re invested in an ongoing relationship with dead things. You will inexplicably feel a little bit of outrage when someone flippantly remarks that you are wasting your time.
You’ll realize that maybe, if you want to share this with others, maybe it’s on your shoulders. Maybe you don’t want to shoulder that responsibility and I certainly wouldn’t blame you - but maybe you’ll help inspire a feeling of ownership in another person near you. Maybe your hard work will eventually pay off and some day in the future that collection can meet its full research potential when we as a society can agree that museums are worth having in dedicated spaces with the resources they require to spread that feeling of ownership to more than just you and me. And maybe we can look back on all of this in a few decades and laugh at how hard we had to work together in order to make it all happen.
Oh my, this was answered! First time I’ve seen it since Finals ended on April 28th. This right here, has given me the strength to work with my professor on this. It’s just the three of us: Professor and two students working on this. Daunting but… I just showed my professor this and we both started crying.
Thank you Emily for the sound-advice and encouragement.
My friends Alex and Liz <3
This looks dated already.
The one with coffee and unwashed hair is me. OH MY GOSH, I look terrible. This was… the summer of 2005? Yeah. Wow. Heather, why are you still my friend? I was such a weird-kid.
(Photo from: http://store.academyart.edu of a collapsible water-container)
In my defense I’ll add that yes, my dirty-water is in an opaque cup similar to my tea-mug. Also, I know that almost all of the cadmium-based colors and cobalt are indeed poisonous. I know that. It would also take several tubes of undiluted paint being ingested for symptoms to occur.
And folks, the water doesn’t taste anything like tea nor juice. It’s awful. And some colors will stain your teeth if the water is saturated enough. I had red teeth for an evening once…
submitted by -weavercat
Hahaa… I love that folks like this. I really need to stop using my tea-mug as a water-container. XD