Relevant Quotes from Students in Women’s Literature in Comparative Perspectives
Popova suggested we are all “composing a life” and that is an act in itself. Who we are can be the partial result of a conscious effort, say some scholars. How active and uninhibited we are in this process, however, is not something she spoke to. When unlikely borders are crossed or there is a cutting of ties between obstacles and aspirations we may truly revel in that ‘becoming’ or ascending to a new level of completeness or self satisfaction. Laura Kacir, ‘17
There is an important difference between a binary and counterpoints, as pointed out by Christina Wang at the Creative Counterpoints symposium. A binary is two distinct opposites that never touch or intersect. The dictionary defines it as being composed of or involving two things. They are secure in their difference and are considered safe and comfortable because they do not invite challenge or change. Counterpoints, however, play on each other to develop new and deeper ideas and meanings. The dictionary definition of “counterpoint” is to emphasize by contrast. Popova spoke much on the idea of composing a life in terms of becoming as a process. In order to “become” who you want to be, you have to view the end as a process and imbue your life with passion and creativity. In the space between who you are and who you are becoming is a lot of work. Meghan Jones, ’17.
One thing that that Maria Popova brought up multiple times was, “what does it mean to live a meaningful life?”. She stated that, through her blog, this is a question that she is constantly trying to expand on and figure out. This is something that most of the characters in our readings are wondering as well. Each reading deals with different topics, but I believe that people such as Amabelle, Veronica, and specifically the narrator of The Fat Black Woman’s Poems are all trying to live a meaningful life and go about this task in their own ways.Empathy, as described by Gunta Kaza, is also not just a simple task. It takes time and commitment to truly understand Empathy. Sylvia Lund, ‘17
Blog Posts from Time class – Prof. Amber Tourlentes (Studio Foundation) – Spring 16.
At one point Maria Popova said something I will never forget: just because the world tells you are good at something doesn’t mean that is what you want to dedicate your life to. Nathaly Davis, 19
I made it to the second half of the "Creative Counterpoint, talk and I really connected with Anne Sisto who is actually studying here at MassArt for her masters, The thing I really connected with is the fact that our intentions through art are the same. She is a feminist and she has researched how women are portrayed in media. Weather it has to do with directing the piece or playing a role in it the same when it comes to my art and I commented on her presentation that we both share the same mind set. I thought that was awesome how I connected with someone who was presenting in something like this. The whole thing was a great opportunity and I'm very glad I got to see and hear it. I was also fascinated by Sharon Heijin Lee who talked about a Korean artist That also impacted me with the way she did her art. All together I just loved the whole thing. Luis Perez-Banus, ‘19
I knew a little bit about plastic/cosmetic surgery as it concerned Asians or Asian-Americans, but nothing to the extent that Dr. Heijin Lee discussed and brought to light for me. I didn’t realize how much pressure people feel in South Korea to have cosmetic surgery done. And I had no idea that people went to visit South Korea for the sole purpose of having surgery-to the point where they have difficulty leaving the country because they look so different from their passport photo. It was incredibly enlightening to learn and begin to understand all these social and physical issues that people have to live through.
(...) Sisto comes from a very marketing and business kind of background which was refreshing to learn about and hear her speak because often art school focuses more on the fine art rather than art in advertising. Most of her presentation solidified what t had personally known and understood yet it also broadened my view on the subject matter as well as vicariously give me a different experience than what I had personally gone through. Mei Lin Barral’19