ItemProfessional Practices(2022-05-29) Qureshi, Aarzoo; Koenig, RichardMy spring gallery, Feral Feminism and Other Stories, begins where my English SIP (Senior Integrated Project), i’d kill a man for you, started. And that 60+ page monster started with a lot of pain. Emotional and physical abuse that took moving 1,600 miles away from my family to really come to a head. And my first coping mechanism was writing, pressing printer paper to the wounds, and then letting the bloodied words flow. Embroidery has, traditionally, been an undervalued ‘feminine’ art that housewives, young women, and girls were expected and encouraged to learn. And, because if it’s ties with the homebound femme, it was looked down upon. Painting was seen in a similar way in my family, as something to do just so long as it doesn’t become what you bet your bread and butter on. Because then you were dumber than a fool and of no use to anyone. As someone fairly good at either, it's a natural leap in mind to meld the two into what I hope to be a feminine and angry voice. My earlier work shows just as much with red and black taking the main stage in all my pieces, colors that I later learned to be a bit more tactful about later, but still have special importance to me in regards to the feral feminine. So, embroidery and painting has always just melded together for me, not unlike the way two wallflowers decide to ditch a school dance together, hand in hand. Blurbs and titles were how I melded the art and writing in a way that wasn’t overbearing or narrowing. Because you don’t need to read to ‘read’ my artwork. It helps, sure, but I hope I was able to convey the feelings properly enough so that those who get it feel comforted by the ideas there. It's because of that that I don’t like to think of both my SIP and my gallery as ‘bodies’ of work. Bodies are systems upon systems that, if any one thing goes wrong, it can all collapse. And that’s not only anxiety-inducing to try and create towards, but it also implies a kind of codependency in between pieces that I’ve had enough of that in my life, thank you. Item“Where is Life?” A Search for Existence in the Universe(2022-03-01) Lopez, Lizbeth; Koenig, RichardConversations about life in space tend to revolve on intelligent life, often looking for civilizations that are equivalent or grander than humanity. This ableist concept is one that has been going around before there was the ability for space exploration. With the light pollution of Houston, Texas, I rarely saw the constellations. My first time going to the countryside was spectacular, but the first time I flew in an airplane during night took my breath away. The clouds below and the stars above while I seemingly floated in between. What life means has evolved throughout the creation of this series. I have explored many mediums, but acrylic painting tends to be what I lean towards to. To shine like the stars, I also enjoy adding other elements that may result in a three-dimensional quality. At first it was glitter or holographic pieces to add, but I have found use in other crafting materials to include in my paintings such as broken glass pieces for centerpieces and beads from necklaces. The depiction of “life” is based on my interests in the flora or fauna, eventually including natural disasters, parasites, and weather phenomenon. The life that exists on earth could easily exist out there in the universe. These are the worlds I am exploring. ItemA Minor Dispute: The Photography of Duane Michaels(1987) Benson, Brian; UnknownThe author responds to an interview with comtemporary photographer Duane Michals in Art and Antiques magazine.