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Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Good

For some reason I thought to write a dairy to illustrate my progress and frustrations in completing my PhD in Fine Arts, Art Education from National Taiwan Normal University. So far it has only been seven weeks so I feel it is a bit premature to be writing on the experience. However, people have been asking so I’ll take a moment to let everyone know what’s been going on.

Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Some days I feel on top of the world and thrilled to be doing the sort of work that I’m doing. I feel lucky. Blessed. Fulfilled. Satisfied. Getting a PhD has long been a dream of mine and I’m doing everything I can to make the most of the opportunity.

Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light

This week I’ve been doing some research on the architect Tadao Ando for my International Graphic design class. While this research is extra work it is also fascinating to learn about Ando. Yes academia can be drudgery but it can also be wonderful feeling to be expanding and enriching your mind.

For this class I am also working on a research report that will be published in a book on international graphic designers. My subject is Steven Heller one of the most influential art directors of our time. This project has been almost taking over my life as my investigations introduce me to more influential artists and illustrators. This week I interviewed the famous American political cartoonist Steve Brodner on the phone from New York and this project seems to be one that I can’t put down. There is so much more to discover…….

My class in Visual Culture is also taking over my psyche and is deeply influential. Until now Visual Culture was something that I engaged with but was not really sure how to label or define.

Visual Culture is the study of art and digital media and how it impacts our modern society. It is a key element to my philosophy as a teacher and person and I absolutely love learning about it. Yes it sucks to be spending an evening in at home doing course readings. However, when you are reading about something that you have always innately related to and loved there is no other place to be or thing to be doing.

My job at the University is extremely supportive of my PhD. This week I am working on a grant application to study the impact of introducing EFL Pronunciation classes with images from visual culture that reflect the days lesson. The goal is to use visual culture to introduce vocabulary and produce a dialogue that encourages greater English fluency. Hopefully this project is something that I will be able to work on and study for the next year. Happy Days!


Change of Direction, Oh and Check Out Overlooked New York

Just now I asked Range if I could change the title of this blog.  Yes,  photography is a prominent feature of my life and artistic expression.  However, for the moment and foreseeable future my PhD studies in Art Education seem to be taking over. 

It is hard to do everything in life and right now all my energy is focused on completing three PhD courses, teaching undergrad, and studying Chinese.  Sometimes this makes me feel kind of grumpy and I wish there could be more time to be more creative.  Other times I feel thrilled at what knowledge I’m learning and discovering. 

Today I discovered a great graphic artist and illustrator that I am going to try and interview for my Graphic Design course at NTNU.  Her name is Zina Saunders and she is famous for producing a series of paintings on ordinary New Yorkers entitled Overlooked New York.  Check it out.  It is wonderful and I would love to photograph people the way she paints them. 


Cover Art of The New Yorker magazine

Today I presented a lecture on the cover art of The New Yorker magazine based on the USA Today article (2005) That Should “Cover” It by Francoise Mouly. As I prepared the power point presentation I became delighted and intrigued by the covers and spent a considerable amount of time unearthing some of The New Yorker’s hidden gems. Noted cover artists Saul Steinberg describes the covers as “pictures that change the way a person sees the world, making visible concepts so fundamental that the viewer cannot remember how he or she thought before seeing them.” Enjoy….

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