Unnatural Histories: A Talk About Art and Science

48245_first_friday_sandboxFriday evening, Doctor Krochmal and assistance professor of studio arts, Heather Harvey gave an insightful talk about how art and science influence one another. The talk took place in the studio art center, which really added to the atmosphere of the talk. By being in the art studio one felt like an artist and could experience the space in which an artist works. This event was produced by Sandbox, a unique art gallery in Chestertown, whose mission is to bring art and science together. Dr. Krochmal began the talk by explaining what he does and how he does it. From a young age he wanted to be a natural historian and he gave many examples of scientists and how they acted as natural historians. The key to this was to just look! Look and write down everything one sees, take notes, and draw or take pictures. Dr. Krochmal argues that this element of recording everything you see is like being an artist. Scientists must have the ability to “see” whatever they are looking at objectively. They must notice everything down to the smallest detail. That is why, Dr. Krochmal argues, a scientist must think like an artist. Observation, description, and experimentation are the main steps scientists take; the first two steps use a lot of art. Dr. Krochmal looks at nature and tries to understand it, but what happens when unnatural things are found in nature? Dr. Krochmal doesn’t just ignore it; it is his job to make an observation and write a description. These man made things, like toys, trash, and clothing have become a part of nature and it’s Dr. Krochmal’s job to tell the story.

After Dr. Krochmal was done, Heather Harvey gave her talk. Harvey, assistance professor of studio arts, was an archeologist who turned to art because she saw beauty in things and wanted to invent instead of following rules. Through her art she expresses feelings and ideas. By using science, Harvey makes her art unique and meaningful. With some of her projects she attempts to make art coexist within nature. Harvey has used scientific data to make her sculptures, which connects her work with nature. A recent project Harvey is working on is to collect man made things she finds outside when she goes on walks. With the objects she finds, Harvey makes a type of collage. Like Dr. Krochmal, she also finds unnatural things in nature. However, each is making his and her own story. Dr. Krochmal observes and describes what he finds, and Harvey uses what she finds to make a story. Each of these methods requires the use of art and science. One cannot be had without the other. This talk was very eye opening and made one really think about the relationship of art and science. Two seemingly different areas of study have so much in common and are impossible without the other. With the right mix of art and science many different things can be accomplished. So next time you look at a piece of art or go to science class try finding the relationship between art and science.

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer

Photo Source https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/7266-aaron-krochmal-unnatural-histories

The Final Issue of the Fall 2014 Semester is Out!

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Today, November 20th, the Elm distributed its last issue of the Fall 2014 semester. The issue is full of informational articles such as the “SGA Called Into Question” article and the “Family Matters in WC’s New Music Video” article. However, if you are looking to find out what else is in this issue, pick up one today anywhere on campus! Look for the Elm’s next set of issues in January!

Kayla Kyle

Social Media Editor

First Year Reading from the Class of 2018

First Year Readers Photo by Owen Bailey

First Year Readers
Photo by Owen Bailey

Every year, the Rose O’Neill Literary House hosts their “First Year Reading” where first-year students can sign up to read their creative writing. Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House Dr. Jehanne Dubrow said that this reading, “features students currently enrolled in the College’s introductory courses to creative writing, English 103, which are run this semester by Professor James Allen Hall and Professor Kathy Wagner.”

According to Dr. Dubrow, this event was also combined for the third year in a row with the Literary House’s annual holiday party. There were holiday treats after the reading including candy cane, Christmas tree, menorah, and dreidel shaped cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate. This year consisted of a fairly large lineup of readers, so Dr. Dubrow dived right in to the reading, introducing the first reader who would introduce the next and so on. This was the lineup.

  • Freshman Ben Cooper: He read his poem “Drunken Words and Blowjobs.”
  • Freshman Jack Despeaux: He read from his two poems “The Marble” and “Star Gazers.”
  • Freshman Caroline Harvey: She read from her two poems “Ravenous Pool” and “Brother.”
  • Freshman Chris Irving: He read from his two poems “Peach Avenue” and “So You Want to be a Pimp?” “I like the gritty stuff,” he said. “I thought of the streets, and what it’s like out there.”
  • Freshman Alexandra Liebman: She read the beginning and end of her short story “Don’t Let the Lullaby Die.” She said, “It’s basically about a girl who only has thirty days to live. She is dying of an illness, and she’s more upset about the fact that her boyfriend broke her heart. Her older brother forces her to write this song, and she realizes that she doesn’t need this guy to tell her that she’s not worth anything.”
  • Freshman Andrew Poe: He read from his three short poems “A Lover’s Brew,” “Lady of the Locke,” and “The Block.” He said that the “Lady of the Locke” is “more like a sing-song than a poem,” so he actually sang it.
  • Freshman Rachel Poe: She read from her nonfiction essay “Buddy.”
  • Freshman Mallory Smith: She read from her two poems “Portrait of my Mother in September” and “Crabs.” “I have a family home on the Eastern Shore, and that inspired a lot of my poetry,” she said.
  • Freshman Alexis Stella: She read from her three poems “Space,” “Air,” and “The Best Kind of Empty.”
  • Freshman Abby Wark: She read from her poem “Hello Old Friend.”
  • Freshman Hope Watland: She read an excerpt from her short story “Did I Ever Tell You about the Time Some Rascal Broke my Fence?”
  • Freshman Andrew Wells: He read the beginning of his short story “Reasons for Moving.”
  • Freshman Casey Williams: She read from her two poems “The Sun” and “Curse Kingdom.”
  • Freshman Jordan Zotto: She read from her poem “Natural Selection.”

Overall, the event had a great turn out. According to Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House Lindsay Lusby, 51 people including the readers attended this event.

Meaghan Menzel

Staff Writer

Thanksgiving Break is Just Around the Corner!

thanksgiving-300x219There is just one week until Thanksgiving break and many students are excited to eat great food and be with great people. With the semester winding down to its last few weeks, Thanksgiving is the perfect break before finals. Due dates for exams, projects, and papers are all coming up very fast and the stress is setting in! However, soon you will have a break from all the stress of classes. I asked some fellow students what their plans are for Thanksgiving break, and everyone sounds very excited. Swimmer, Ashley Maurizi ’15, said, “I am going home and eating food with my family, and going Black Friday shopping.” Krystal Brostek ’15, a member of the women’s crew team said, “I will be visiting family friends that I haven’t seen in a year in New Jersey!” A brother of KA, Chris Kelly ’16, is going home for Thanksgiving! Angie Tomasura ‘17 said, “I am going to eat Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents house. And I’m bringing my Australian boyfriend home with me to show him what Thanksgiving is like!” So whether you go home for Thanksgiving, go to a friend’s house, or stay on campus, just remember it’s about spending time with people you love and being thankful for the things you have!

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer

Photo Source: http://www.aldiko.com/blog/happy-thanksgiving

This Year’s Comedy Week

ComedyWeek.byBrookeHarigIf you haven’t noticed, this week at WAC is comedy week! All week long there have been fun events to get campus in the mood. Monday night’s event was “Who’s Line is it Anyway” which featured the improve club. Tuesday night was the premier of the comedy movie “Chef”, which took place in Norman James Theater. The event for Wednesday night was the student stand up competition in the Goose Nest and Thursday night was a late night sketch show at 8pm, and included a performance from Sho’Troupe. With a variety of funny students and fun events, the campus has been surging with comedic influence. The big event tonight featured the headlining comedian Kyle Kinane, in Deaker Theater. I asked a few of my fellow students what their favorite parts of comedy week were. Katie Gordon’17, a member of SEB said she “Really liked Wednesday night’s show because it gave a number of students on campus the opportunity to show how funny they are. I didn’t expect a lot of people to participate! And Nick Staub’15 was my favorite.” Melanie Torzolini’17 said, “ I was looking forward to the standup comedy taking place on Thursday night and liked the movie that premiered Wednesday night.” Sophomore, Marie Wrenn ‘17 said, “I was excited for the comedian on Friday night!” What a fun filled week it has been!

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer