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September 5, 2014

Humpday at Denver Zoo

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 2:34 pm

a sea lion zooming on top of the water

a six-year old elephant swimming in a moat and opening its mouth to catch apple slices


August 7, 2014

After the Rain

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August 1, 2014

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

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July 16, 2014

Denver Zoo: Open Wide

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 11:28 am

Elephant Mouth

Hippopotamus Teeth

Camel Yawn

July 8, 2014

Blairsville, Georgia

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 12:10 am

jungle hammock tied between two trees

Looking up at a tall tree

July 7, 2014

Daytona Beach, Florida

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 11:47 pm

Sunrise with reflections in the water

Breaking Wave

Beach House

Amicalola Falls, Georgia

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 11:20 pm

looking over a bridge at a waterfall

Amicalola Falls

Top of the Falls

rocking chair on a stone deck

May 28, 2014

Monkey Town 4 in Denver

Filed under: Interdisciplinary Critique — Mia @ 6:08 am


Kelly Monico, our Interdisciplinary Critique professor, is one of the seventeen video artists featured in Monkey Town 4. Monkey Town left New York for the first time and is nearing the end of its three-month run in Denver. The next stop, according to Montgomery Knott, is Barcelona. An exquisite gourmet meal in a video art immersion cube is the best way I can describe the two-hour experience. Moving a wine bottle of water closer and farther from the camera lens created some interesting video effects.

May 1, 2014

Flip Boxes

Filed under: Interdisciplinary Critique — Mia @ 5:36 am



When I was young, I used wooden clothespins for attaching playing cards to bicycle spokes. The fluttering sound morphed my blue bicycle into a motorized racer. For me, falling cards inside an art project flip box trigger that distant memory.

For my final Interdisciplinary Critique art installation, I explored flip boxes for conveying the concept of “Evolve.” A motorized flip box comes as a kit from FlipBooKit. Removing a rubber belt offers a hand-cranked option. Twenty-four cards in each box animate steps of: 1) sketching an eye (left box), 2) a winking GIF file (center box), and 3) glances from a video clip (right box). Photoshop animation features were time-savers for exporting frames from the HD video clip.

Building clear acrylic housings with clock gear moving parts is the next step in customizing flip boxes. Then, a programmed Arduino micro controller, using Hall Effect sensors and neodymium magnets, can stop and start the motor on a specified frame. The concept is for narrative characters, as motors start and stop, to move from one box to another. A series of twelve flip cubes is a design plan that I’m considering for fall semester’s senior thesis gallery installation. Juan Fontanive’s Vivarium inspires me to consider nature imagery for my narrative.

April 26, 2014


Filed under: Critical Issues in Public Art — Mia @ 8:32 pm

Inside the jurors’ assembly room of Denver’s Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse is Catherine Widgery‘s public art sculpture, Cloudbreak. Over 12,500 glass cylinders and 25 glass panels create a colorful cloudscape that appears to push into the room from the outside. Since the artwork was designed for viewing from both the inside and the outside (with installed backlighting) of the courthouse, I’m writing a Critical Issues in Public Art research paper about Cloudbreak‘s public access, with respect to J├╝rgen Habermas’s and Michael Warner’s concepts of a public. This may be the final research paper for my BFA degree!

glass tubes project from a painted background of analogous  blues

glass tubes project from a painted background of warm and cool colors

glass tubes from the floor to the ceiling are varying lengths and diameters

interior perspective of the 14' x 41'  x 1.5' sculpture

silver art identification plaque

eastern face of the Lindsey Flannigan Courthouse

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