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Professor Kim Wimprine attends workshop and creates art in Hungary

 

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The workshop I attended was called Pre-Figurine and the Anthropomorphic Vessel. We studied sculpture from its earliest roots in pre-pottery. While I was in Hungary I was struck by their long-standing history, appreciation, emphasis, and economy in the fields of agriculture and art. These two subjects at first, may have seemed far apart to me, but what I quickly discovered was how much one relied on the other.
While visiting the site of an archeological dig I came across a loom, which depicted how neolithic people of this region would have woven their textiles and apparel. I was fascinated by this straight forward yet very complex system and immediately found myself wanting to learn more. When I returned to the studio I built a makeshift loom off of a porch swing and began to learn how to weave, but I started feeling that I was not close enough to the "from scratch" methods and technique, which they would have been forced to resort to during the "new stone age". I decided it was not enough to buy yarn and learn to weave and decided that in order to feel closer to this particular time period and civilization, I needed to learn the process of harvesting wool from a sheep. This process led me to learning about carding the wool, washing it, and dying it. This process was long and labor intensive, but I enjoyed every minute of it and had a greater appreciation for the work neolithic people had to go through just to begin making.
In the end I created two sculptures. One was a woven, yarn tapestry with broken ceramic tiles that weighted the warp (the set of lengthwise yarns) which are normally held in tension by the frame of the loom. My second piece was more of a collage and nod to the role agriculture plays in the materials used to make art. It was a collection of parts from an old wagon I found on the site of the farm which we lived, a woven textile I made, as well as some hay and wool which I had harvested and felted from the farm's own sheep.

 

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Professor Ann Norton conducts Bronze Age Research 

 

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This summer Professor Norton conducted research on the Bronze Age Nebra Disk, found in 1999 in central Eastern Germany. It is now in the Halle Museum, along with other finds from the region. This artifact, with its cosmic elements of sun, moon and stars also holds similarities of another Bronze Age work, the Trundholm Sun-Chariot, found in Denmark.

While her studies have been focused in Asia, she has been interested for several decades in the migration of religious imagery and language from the area known as the ‘steppes’ of present-day Siberia and Mongolia towards the East. Moveable divinities of the heavens – the sun, moon, storms – as well as the sacred hymnal language of Sanskrit, traveled with the Central Asian nomads to Persia and on to India. The Sun-God, drawn by horses, spread far both East and West.

Nebra Sky-Disk, ca. 1500 B.C.E.

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 Study in Japan


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Professors Margaret Manchester, Colin Jaundrill and Eric Sung will be leading a Maymester class in Japan called "Japan and the US 1853 - Present: Image and Power (HIS 481)". Click the link below for more information.
 
   

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