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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 Jürgen 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

April 12, 2014

Spring Break in Washington, D.C.

Filed under: Photo Blog — Mia @ 2:37 pm

view of the Lincoln Memeorial from the base of the steps

Washington Monument and the reflection pool

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Funeral procession in the distance with horses, wagon, flagged-draped coffin, and soldiers

Lincoln Memorial photo of Lincoln seated beneath one of his quotes

View of Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial columns

Arlington National Cemetery memorial amphitheater

December 10, 2013

Re-purposed Hard Drive Platters and Digital Printing

Filed under: Digital Fabrication — Mia @ 5:20 pm

Hard drive platters are stacked with acrylic spacers on an acrylic tube to create a lamp. The white base was printed on a digital printer.

OpenSCAD screen shot of my completed project.

We explored digital printing and new software programs for this project. After experimenting with Tinkercad, SketchUp, Autodesk 123D Catch, and MeshMixer, I dug my heels in and learned OpenSCAD, an open source program for creating 3D CAD objects. I included a screen shot of an OpenSCAD coding window. The two-part lamp base was designed in Project ShapeShifter and then imported into OpenSCAD for integration into the final project. Project Shapeshifter is a free technology preview from Autodesk Labs created to help designers model complex 3D printable geometries. I printed the solid base with an Ultimaker 3D printer. The upper portion of the lamp base was printed by the 3D printing service, Shapeways. The 3D printer software was a challenge. Designs were adjusted online and then sliced into layers that the printer could extrude. It was exciting to see my design as part of a working lamp and fun to repurpose discarded hard drive platters. A remote control allows color, brightness, and light show changes from about 25 meters.

Acrylic Window Frame

Filed under: Digital Fabrication — Mia @ 4:06 pm

An acrylic frame resembles a window with blue acrylic rods acting as blinds.

A lamp, photo frame, and stuffed rabbit sit on top of an Ikea computer cabinet.

Mary Van Cline‘s 1983 The Enigma of Time inspired this photo frame. Van Cline used photosensitive glass and glass rods where I incorporated a laser-printed transparency and acrylic rods. Capturing the venetian blinds effect with background light affecting the transparent image was my intent. Geometric design includes the Golden Ratio (Da Vinci’s divine proportion). The photo inside the simulated window was taken in Oregon—just south of Seaside. During critique, I placed the frame, a lamp made from hard drive platters, a stuffed rabbit, and a onesie that my granddaughter outgrew on top of an Ikea computer cabinet. I was excited to discover the extrude feature of Adobe Illustrator when creating the project sketch.

The critique photo on the right was taken by our Digital Fabrication instructor, Brian Evans.

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