Two weeks ago, I left my small state of Rhode Island to come up here. I was aware that I would be dorming with art students from another school for 9 months out the year, but I had no idea what this would actually come to mean. Within the two weeks that I have been here and have been a part of Dr. Plante’s class, I can say that I’m am starting to understand. There is certainly more to art than meets the eye. From the detail behind every stroke, to the patience in every line and circle, art has the ability to capture just about anyone’s eye. Living in the dorm that I live in, I am forced to see art on a daily basis, and thanks to Dr. Plante’s class, am able to make connections to the world of math when I see various pieces. I pay attention to how the pieces are formed, what techniques are used and the underlying messages the artist wishes to convey. I am most captivated by the ability of so many here to turn simple objects from 2D images to 3D by just adding a bit of shading or some color. I compare their pieces to what we are creating in class and am fortunate enough to see the work of masterminds come to life in front of me.
Of course I am not saying that I only see art when I am in my dorm. I see it all around me. From the shadow that bounces of the Brady-Sullivan tower on a nice day to the street signs that light up the night around 11pm. There is math everywhere. I feel that by taking this course and really allowing myself to grasp the meaning behind everything we learn, that I will eventually be able to create my own art and explain how I came to create it and the math behind it.