February 6th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Next up? Went to Paris for the weekend (Jan 24-27) where it was cold and lovely. Mostly cold. But I had some great moments at various museums and historical landmarks. See for yourself! I got back to London at 10 AM (via Eurostar train!) and made a beeline for the studio. Yes, on a Sunday. I guess it wasn’t exactly a beeline–I took an indirect route to walk streets I had never walked before. Have I mentioned that project? I don’t know how it came to me, but I decided that I’m going to attempt to walk every street in Central London (haven’t decided the borders of this project yet) and record my routes in red on a xerox copy of my favorite map. It gives walking a tremendous sense of purpose. Every corner I turn is a small victory. I’ll often leave the studio in the middle of the day for 10 minutes, and hour or three and just walk. Sometimes with a place to go or an errand to run, other times just for the sake of walking the city.
What else do I do? I’m always at a gallery or museum. Been to the ICA, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert, the Saatchi Gallery, the Jewish Museum, the Hayward Gallery, the Ronchini Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain….you can’t make art in a vacuum. In order to make art, you need to see art. So I see a lot of art. Don’t love everything I see, but I love seeing it all.
When I’m not seeing art I might be at a bookstore, a market, a park, a store that sells nothing you need but everything you want (they have quite a few of those around here)…eating my weight in Cadbury chocolate… But I’m all for chance encounters. Believe me, I like to plan, yet there’s nothing more enthralling then plans you didn’t make.
And now for your viewing pleasure…
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Paris-bound! At St. Pancras International at 5 AM...that's me in the middle.
February 6th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
It appears that I have a thing for maps. Perhaps this has been laying dormant within me all along, but since arriving in London, I’ve found that my thoughts are never too far away from musings where I am and how many more streets to walk before I’ve covered all of London. Before I left, I started reading Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi. It’s a writers reference book that illustrates the writing process through map metaphors. It’s a great book and I’ve been reading a few pages a day since I’ve been here and I’m finding that it helps fuel this interest of mine. So what shall I chart? What does my map look like? For now, I’m answering those questions quite literally, using the map as my muse as I learn and revisit different artistic media. I just finished a book (bound by my own hands) full of paper cut maps (see pictures below) of London and I’m also working on a stained glass rendering of my neighborhood in Paddington. I’m ready to push this further and take cartography a little less literally. During a seminar (British English for critique) last week, people suggested that I use the general and broad notion of mapping and make it personal, instead of using arbitrarily chosen maps of London. Today I took a trip to Stanfords, the worlds’ largest supplier of guides, maps and travel information (says so on their shopping bag!) in the hopes of evading the hamster wheel of ideas that my mind seems to be recycling. No success. Well, I walked out with 5 ordinance survey maps of 19th century London, but I found that exploring literal maps isn’t letting me think out side the box. Still, it was a great store and I’ll definitely be back there.
Enough rambling, let me get back to my point, or better yet, look at the pictures. I don’t think they need captions, as they’re pretty self explanatory. I used an exacto knife to cut away the paper. As for the stained glass…you know what, I will caption the pictures.
Enjoy! Feel free to drop me a line and send some suggestions my way!
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Possible Sunday excursion routes.
February 5th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
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Welcome to Heathrow Airport! And Happy New Year! The IFSA Butler London staff greeted us at the airport and gave us these packets with a trove of useful information.
February 4th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Greetings from London!
I’ve settled in, I’ve unpacked, I’ve done laundry (more than once!), and I’ve staked my studio space at the Slade School of Fine Art.
I don’t know where to begin! I’m a little behind and I want to bring you up to speed without rambling endlessly. So here’s how we’re going to do this. I’ve been in London for 35 days.
I’m going to break down my time so far into highlights, post pictures, provide captions, and fill in whatever blanks those pictures don’t seem to fill.
Here we go!
January 2nd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
I’m Sarah Bierman and I’m writing to you from my living room in New York City on the eve of my departure to London in the company of my two suitcases, both of which (I am proud to say) are under 50 pounds.
For the next 6 months, I will be immersed in the sculpture program at The Slade School of Fine Arts at University College London (UCL). I’m a Studio Arts major at Brandeis University and have spent the past three semesters casting porcelain bunny rabbits in paper, building shelters out of tree branches, installing miniature copper figurines in the trees of Brandeis’s humanities quad and learning the tricks and tools of the trade. I love the intersection of site specific public sculpture and community engagement and I plan to explore that further in my new setting. I’ll share more about my previous projects in the near future…
I often embark on ambitious projects that take time, patience, a whole lot of troubleshooting and the ability to take comfort in process.I want to share that with you through images that chronicle my exploration as an artist and my transition into London society and culture. I’ll share stories about the errands I run around town to acquire supplies and the people and places and things I encounter as I experience London life and beyond. But it will be about more than art. After all, what’s an artist to do without inspiration? I draw my inspiration from everything. From picking up fallen leaves, to concerts, theater, amusing conversations and the excitement of new sites and scenes. Naturally, I will tap into the abundance of culture to fuel my voice as an artist. And I can’t wait to share those excursions and experiences with you!