I was sifting through my old school work folders last night, since my macbook is almost 4 years old aka 87 years old in mac years, and I found some fun stuff. (and some terrible stuff that have just been sitting on my poor feeble computer for months taking time and energy away from newer, better projects). Anyway, I did some February cleaning and I wanted to share some work I did in my sophomore year for a class with Richard Wilde called “Visual Literacy”. The class is mandatory, so everyone has to take it at some point their second year and it’s pretty much you either hate it or love it. Every week or so you’re given a template for a project, usually a set of boxes where you answer “design problems”. And for me every week was an escape from my design classes where I could draw and create whatever I wanted.
In general sophomore year was a terrible year for me. I had a tiny room in the George Washington building which felt like a prison in the back of the building. I had no real friends to speak of that went to my school, and I was up to my eyes with work and most of it I wasn’t enjoying doing. I was stressed out and mildly depressed all the time and I was still really intimidated by new york. I felt like a tiny insignificant ant in the middle of a very, very large and prosperous ant farm. So basically I cherished anything in my life that brought me any kind of happiness.
I think you can tell in these few projects how much fun with them. In one of the projects we had to spell out our name in different ways that reflected the sentences underneath each box. Like “I’m a cross dresser” and “I’m lost”. Then there was the “ego” project where we filled in the blanks for math problems that equated to parts of our personality. And then for the last project of the class we were given a big poster sized sheet of paper where we had to fill in a little drawing that described our day for a month. I put SO much work into that one, I created a little jellyfish character to represent me and water colored scenes from my day. I took a pilgrimage out to the only Michael’s in nyc, it’s crazy uptown somewhere I don’t remember exactly. And I bought blue paper and glitter glue and all the aquatic themed stickers I could find and went crazy on the boarder. I got an A+++++. Not kidding you, 5 pluses.
At the end of the year Richard wrote notes to everyone telling them their grades and how well they did in the class overall. I still have mine, I got an A+!