"It is, as it were, the visible image of the universe."

—Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet, 1820

I have studied the Pantheon in Art History, but experiencing it in real space was an unexpected thrill.  Although 'space' is a visual element (we have been talking about it since 2D and 3D design classes freshman year), I have never before been made so intensely aware of it as a viewer than when I first walked into the Pantheon.  The space inside this place seems, from the outside, to be so contained.  When you walk into the building, however, the space seems expansive, even cosmic!  I felt as if my own lungs were expanding as widely as the coffered ceiling as I stepped into its vastness.  Everything felt as it if was wide open, even though the only real opening was the oculus in the center of the ceiling.

Tonight I will brainstorm and sketch other ways to communicate this profound sense of space.  This may inform my installation project for the studio class!
 


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Prof Snipes
05/03/2013 12:20pm

Keep this in mind as you brainstorm for your installation project! This way of interacting with space may be interesting to explore in your artwork.

Also, think about how the vastness of space affected the way you think/feel differently as an individual (a small thing in a large space). This could also be interesting to explore in your self portraits.

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    Mamma Mia Mary

    My name is Mamma Mia Mary.  I am originally from a small town in South Carolina.  Now, I am an art student at Lander University.

    This is my first travel abroad experience.  On this blog, I'll be charting my journey from Rome, to Florence and Venice and the artwork I'll make in response.  

    Most of my artwork now is autobiographical.   I  especially enjoy working with self portraits. 

    While I am nervous because I have never been in an airplane before, I am also excited that I will see so many new things! 

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