In my Intro Seminar 1 class, I had to write a Final Artist Statement for my Final Bridge 5 Project before the end of the semester. In Intro Studio 1, likewise, I had to complete a Bridge 5 Final Project that, rather than explaining my interests and artistic practice, had to summarize and chronicle my journey in my Intro Studio 1 class regarding all the things I learned, my experiences, or my emotional and psychological state throughout the semester in different scenarios and situations. The Studio Project had to function as a sort of “Mind Map” taking inspiration from all my past assignments in the class, what I had experienced, etc. Over several days, I developed the idea of creating a literal fantasy map like the ones you would find in Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, Narnia, and other similar epic fantasy franchises and games– one that instead incorporated a mashup of all my experiences in my Intro Studio 1 class, all my major assignments, and my “quest” towards success in the class. My fantasy map and the overall ideation of it was directly inspired by my Don Quixote class and the novel’s satirical and fantastical theme, with me self-inserting myself as a character known as Don Carolus in the story behind the map.
My fantasy map and the overall ideation of it was directly inspired by my Don Quixote class and the novel’s satirical and fantastical theme, with me self-inserting myself as a character known as Don Carolus in the story behind the map. The actual layout of the land of “Avataria”–based on the concept of “Avatar” in my Studio and Seminar classes– is actually based on the regional map of Greenwich Village (on Google Maps, the shaded area that dictates the area and confines of the Village), with the same thing applying to the island of “Garmentia”– which is based off of, very clearly, New York’s Garment District area. The location of the palace or castle of “Herr Highness” is based on the actual location of Parsons relative to the Village (northeastern edge), with Strand bookstore being right below it, renamed as the “Buried Library of the Strand”. “Herr Highness” is a fantastical title based on the last name of my Intro Studio professor, Herr (as in Johannah Herr), elevating her to the status of a queen-like authority figure (because she “commands” us as a teacher to her students, as a queen would to her subjects). Included with my fantasy map is a document containing all the “chapters” of Don Carolus’s adventures which match for the most part chronologically the order of my experiences, my projects, and more. Above is the picture of my “Mind” map, modified through Photoshop after being drawn using graphite pencils on poster paper, and a pasted version of my document.