A True Tortured Artist: Edvard Munch

“The Scream” painted by Edvard Munch

In my modern art class I have been researching Edvard Munch and learning details and facts on his life and how that influenced his artwork. I originally just assumed that he was a tortured artist solely based off his work but I did not know that there was such a depth to his trauma. One of his most famous pieces of art is probably The Scream it has been everywhere. Since there has been such clout created by this piece, there has been so many attempts on stealing this Norwegian gem. Later on, I learned that the picture was not just a random person with random circles and swirls on the page it was a real instance for Edvard Munch. People found out that the painting is actually in a real place in Norway. It was a specific bridge where apparently Edvard Munch once heard a loud screech during a nature walk with friends. Some critics believe that he was just hearing voices because that is one of the main things that he is known for having.

Edvard Munch in a photograph

Also Edvard Munch expressed his tortured inside emotions through this piece but after I dug into his upbringing I was able to understand more of what he went through. When Edvard was just 5 years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. Especially since his father was a physician, he was distraught that his father could not assist his mother in her time of need. Also his sister died from tuberculosis later on and she was well known for being Edvard’s favorite sibling. His only brother also died but from pneumonia which impacted his emotional stability yet again. His father convinced him that the family was cursed and it seemed to make sense of why his paintings were as deranged as they were.

Recycling at American University

Each bin that is offered at American University and all over campus

Whether or not people are aware of the influence recycling has on the environment, there is definitely a portion of American University that is all about recycling. For there to be so many different bins within the entire campus grounds, there is absolutely an amount of importance put on organizing the waste products of American University. Before in high school I also just put every thing into one waste bin and then just plastic water bottles within the another bin. I was not aware of so many other options that were available for organizing the waste materials of everyday people. For there to be so many options it also makes it seem a little confusing on what to put in each bins and how to separate our waste. The pictures on the bins help but not everyone can be bothered with doing so much organizing when they are probably already in a rush. Regardless of how people react, American University is making a statement in trying to help recycling become more common.

Does It Dry Up Like A Raisin in The Sun?

Cover of the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Recently I went to see a performance of a play called A Raisin in The Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry. I have read the script in high school before so I knew the synopsis of what the play is generally about. I have also read the poem, A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes, in high school which is what the play’s title is based off of. It is safe to say that I have a lot of well versed history and background on the play so I was excited to see the play be brought to life. The play took place at the Arena Stage and was about 3 hours long. I wanted to see whether or not the play would do the script justice and if there would be a good depiction of what the script highlighted. Since the play took place in an arena there were audience members on each side of the stage.

A depiction of an arena stage

There was just a room in the middle of the entire audience which really highlighted some of the key ideas that the play was supposed to represent. There was a creation established and it truly was amazing and great to see. I believe that people should definitely see the production but mainly after reading the script.

The Washington DC Flag More Famous Than I Thought

My friend Skylar, wearing the t shirt that was given to her by the school during welcome week

American University was handing out plenty of different t shirts during welcome week for freshmen and also just throughout the year. For this time period I did not necessarily look at all of these shirts in depth but after learning about how the Washington DC flag is everywhere and in everything I began to see it all over the place. One of the first times I saw the flag was on my friend’s shirt.  Seeing the shirt made me think back to when we discussed the flag in class and I had to capture it. I was so excited to see where else the flag was. Also I never questioned or knew the symbol before class, probably why I never noticed it around. Another time I saw the flag was at the bus stop. I was waiting for the bus and then I saw it right there at the stop. I never really realized how important and prevalent the Washington DC flag was but I will never forget it now.

EagleTHON FTK!

During the semester, my friend Isabella has been organizing this event called EagleTHON. It is a 12 hour dance marathon and she needed everyone’s support. We were trying to raise as much money as we could and it ended up working out. Our team raised the most money out of all of the other teams.

My friends and floormates, from left to right starting at the top Mackenzie, myself, Grace, Skylar, Sydney, Rachel, Lucy, Maggie, Isabella, and Kim

Every dollar counts because in the end it all adds up. FTK is the sign that we are holding which stands for “For The Kids” which is exactly what the event was created for. All of the money that was raised went to help the children’s hospital and all the children that need help and cannot afford it.  We even had two children come from the hospital to talk about their experiences. It was a powerful event and inspired me to help others more. I will definitely be taking part in the event next year!

Icy Codes

Smores thai rolled icecream with Icy Codes Taken by Jade Paul

Over the past weekend I went on an adventure with my friends to Icy Codes, an icecream place that has famous rolled icecream. In this icecream place the type of icecream is originally from Thailand. The line was extremely long, meaning super popular. It was interesting to see that so many Americans and other nationalities were into such a popular Thai trend. It was nice to see all the people that were there supporting something that is not their own culture. The picture shown is my icecream that I got when I went. The flavor was smores and it tasted amazing. I would definitely recommend this place just make sure you have nothing better to do because

Failure Is Progress

Beckett believes that there is no correct way to accomplish anything in life. He tries to tell his audience that will success comes failure and it is inevitable to endure it. There is no specific route that someone must take to be successful but no matter what they do by achieving progress they will have to go through failures first.

The simplistic form that is given by “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” is a way to show in a basic way that there is no special trick, format or fashion that life has to follow. There is just simply a straight short explanation for the reason for failure and the benefits of it. Using the “.” instead of a “?” or “!” shows again the simplicity of the situation and how there is no question or doubt. It simply is what it is. And there is no “!” because there is nothing outrageous occurring it is just life.

The Era of Spring Breakers

The typical spring break for college students is to go to some hot climate, like Miami or Cancun, with all of their other college friends and just get totally wasted. This is the mentality that many movies have depicted to most high school students and other younger crowds but that simply is just not the case.

As I have gotten older I have reached my first year of college and am now approaching spring break. I do not understand how people could possibly go on such trips when I will still be immensely stressed throughout break. For one the break is only for a week and that cannot be enough time for much. Also in my school you cannot stay on campus which is what I originally thought about doing because I did not see a point in going home only for a short week. I rather just hang out and chill with my friends from college but everyone is just focused on their parents and other family. Also I want to see my family that I have not seen in forever because I miss them everyday and want to see them whenever I get the chance.

The hyped up spring break is not a reality at all and truly the has turned spring break into an unrealistic expectation for younger teenagers to have for when they will be having their turn for spring break. There should definitely be a movie created that will show that spring break is not all that. All I will be doing is getting ahead for my second half of the semester and hanging with family and friends.

EAST CAMPUSSS LIT

Choosing housing for next year was this week and I got into East Campus. I was ecstatic about making the cut but it was not easy. I had the first day of choosing but my time was slightly after midday. I was in class during the time so it was difficult for me to be the leader so I had to switch it to my future roomie, Skylar. She was the one who would not be in class at the time making her be the most available out of the two of us. We were both stressed about the whole situation because it was going to determine a lot for us next year. Skylar managed to get us the perfect room view a great view and everything. I’m glad that she was able to help and do what she needed to do. My professor for my specific time actually gave the 3 hour class I was in a break and I was grateful for that. It permitted me to be able to call Skylar and decipher which room we get the best vibes from. I am just ready and excited for sophomore year!

Hidden Figures No More

This movie, Hidden Figures, was awarded 2 Golden Globes. One Golden Globe was for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture and another one was for best original score for motion picture. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae represented 3 women who helped in the NASA mission to put the first man on the Moon. They faced obstacles concerning their intelligence, not only as a woman, but as a black woman in America. They were reasons for such progress and received not an ounce of credit for what they achieved. The people who were above them  in ranking blocked out their names and were able to disclude them in their findings simply because of their race and gender. The movie was accurate in how the lives of these 3 women impacted American History.