HELLO EVERYBODY!!! I am exceptionally excited this week because I have fantastic news. I have six pieces in the student show at Dutchess Community College! Anyone reading this should go check it out and tell me how awesome I am! Just kidding you don’t have to go, but you still have to tell me how awesome I am 😉
Anyway, the exhibit is up until February 17, 2012. The opening is January 28, 2012 from 5-6:30pm. It is at The Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery in the Washington building at Dutchess’ north campus in Poughkeepsie, NY.
I am so proud of myself for being able to make it into the show, especially with so many pieces! I do believe I have the most out of anyone, but I have not officially counted. SUCCESS!
I feel like I won Miss America (if I was a conceited, ignorant barbie doll). It’s not that big of an accomplishment on a grand scale, but it is an incredibly encouraging thing for me. I hope I continue to work hard toward my dream of becoming a successful artist and don’t lose sight of what matters. I am truly honored to have so much of my art be appreciated enough to be selected for the student show. Anyone who makes the effort to see it, thank you for showing your support. It means the whole world to me. It really does.
On another note, I have to do this horrible assignment where I compose a “Reader’s Response” to Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants. It hints at abortion, but the couple is drinking alcoholic beverages the whole time. I’ve decided to settle for alcoholism affecting their decision to abort the baby. BAM! I hope my teacher feels punched in the face with that shit. Genius. Someone has probably done it before me, but maybe not? Maybe I’m the goddamn revolutionary of this shit. Ya never know.
This is what I have so far, kind of crap, but it’s just a fetus so far 😉 Oh puns…
A white elephant tends to be smaller than an elephant. Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants made me think about the role alcohol has played in my life. Families have been affected by alcohol time and time again. The problems that drain people the most are the ones that cannot be seen and alcoholism is an all too common example of this.
Drugs can force you to make decisions you might not want to. One will find it inevitable to choose between a vice and something or someone beloved. The woman who accompanies the American man in Hills Like White Elephants comments “That’s all we do, isn’t it-look at things and try new drinks?” (Hemingway 129). Throughout the entire story the two are drinking alcoholic beverages and discussing a struggle they are having. Although they do not explicitly say, it is interpreted to be an issue over aborting a pregnancy or not. The choice to abort a pregnancy is not easy to make. Having an addiction to alcohol can skew the decision towards abortion. Drinking is explicitly not allowed during the gestation period and is not advisable while raising another human being. When someone depends on you, can you afford to be dependent on another too?
Ripping a vice from one’s life can be just as hard of a process as deciding on abortion. The man in the story encourages the abortion, but does not want to force his opinion upon her. He does not slow her drinking and drinks at the same pace she does. It is hard for alcoholics to see a problem with the drinking.
Family, work, health, and finances all suffer at the hand of alcoholism. The two often look at inanimate objects and the floor, rather than each other.