Senior Seminar – Connections

This WordPress post is about the past senior seminar discussions we’ve had, which revolved around several topics involving art. This includes controversial topics that still play a dynamic role in the art world today, such as the medium we use and how it conveys a message/meaning, stereotyping and gender roles, originality, whether art should always have a deeper meaning, and much more. These discussions gave us an opportunity to not only speak openly in a group about our thoughts but to also expand our meaning of art, what it means to create it and find a reason as to why we create it.

Additionally, it connects to our everyday life and wasn’t just a means to discuss something for an hour and a half. Yesterday, I noticed a small pattern while I was discussing this with my group yesterday. A majority of them had stated that they wish they could create art just because they think it looks nice or because they wanted to without having to be forced to find a deeper meaning. I’m a firm believer that art doesn’t always have to have a meaning, and that art can just be art because someone wanted to create what they saw in their head. This discussion came from an article we read last month entitled “Should Artists Have To Talk About Their Work.” I believe a majority of the senior class can relate to this article considering that most of us are not as articulately talented as most people would assume so discussing our work can often times be difficult. It becomes especially difficult if someone were to challenge our words and search for a deeper meaning, such as why a certain color, shape or line stroke is being used because there may never really be a reason.

This, I believe, is one of the most controversial topics that many artists concern themselves with as they create. I know from experience due to numerous encounters with students of the DMA program that people had to reconsider certain colors and shapes and several other design aspects because they would not have known how to explain it to their professors. Or, they would come up with a last minute explanation as to why they used this, that and the other.

Outside of this major too, artists concern themselves with this topic. It’s either you discuss your work and some people may not like it because it doesn’t match up to their standards or you don’t discuss your work and they continue to find their own meaning and push that meaning onto your work. There’s no winning when it comes to this topic because no one can truly understand what goes through an artist’s mind when they incorporate something into their art.



About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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