One of the most interesting topics to me this year has been our week of investigating bread. So many things about bread and its history were unknown to me before, so for my final investigation I'd like to dive deeper into the history of bread, the biochemistry of bread, and look into the materials in a more complete nature that were assigned to us as well as finding my own sources. The fact that bread is so widespread in different cultures and such a basic staple to many makes me want to understand it in a deeper way.
My mother was born in 1968, the year of the monkey, so it seemed the obvious choice for further investigation. Right off of the bat, I saw words like “naughty” and “prankster” and “fearless”, and these words encapsulate my mother’s playful personality. She loves adventure, and she has a broad sense of humor - she loves to joke around. I also saw that monkeys are very intelligent and independent, translating to a successful career in whatever they choose.
I was born in 2001, so my zodiac sign is the snake. I’ve known this, of course, for as long as I can remember, but I never really looked into what it means. I never knew my direction was south, my taste is bitter, and my organ is… the spleen. It seems that my zodiac sign is heavily tied to the idea of heat because my season is summer, my color is red, my disease indicates that I will be hot, my element is fire, and my heavenly creature is the vermillion bird. Heat, fire, and action all seem to be neatly tied together in the characteristics of the snake.
I recently purchased a keyboard and I wanted to try out some different sounds while playing the same line on my keyboard. The same device is capable of producing such a wide variety of vibrations, so I wanted to experiment with them and see how they resonated with me and my playing.
I started with traditional piano, playing the song as the composer originally intended. The arpeggios sounded natural and flowey. I've played it with this sound many times, and it felt comfortable to play.
I took out a piece of blank paper and a pencil and began to write. I wanted to create a few main ideas that much of the course material would connect to, so naturally I chose art and science. As I was making connections and writing down ideas, I noticed that many of the activities that we have done over the quarter involve looking deeper into the mundane. We have taken many ordinary objects (bread, pencils, mushrooms) and revealed that there is much more to each of them than we thought before.
Living in Westwood, it can be hard to find nature to go walk in, but I decided on a trail that I was recently shown by a friend that is in the hills north of UCLA. I wasn't expecting to find myecillium because I know that the area is very dry, but I was still hoping to connect with my environment. I surely did. The items that I chose are not of much meaning because the experiences that touched me the most involved objects that I couldn't take with me.
I used to make bread with my mom all the time. We'd make dinner rolls, pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls, and use a variety of different flours and ingredients, but we always used a bread machine. We'd dump the ingredients into the pail, put it in the bread machine, and press start. I never really knew how it worked - how some flour and water turned into the sticky dough that emerged in a few hours. I never knew the significance of bread to global culture and human advancement until this week's assigned readings and videos.
I chose to visit the LA riverbed for this week's assignment. I enjoyed photographing the river from different angles and exploring the sharp edges of the river and the bridge running over it. I had a moment of serendipity when I was crouched by the water and noticed a small whirlpool made visible by little chunks of moss that were swirling around, caught in its current. I was confused at first about its origins - why wasn't this water flowing straight like the rest of the water? Then, I noticed a small blockage of moss and leaves just upstream of the whirlpool.
I decided to incorperate nature into this week's drawing with pencil. As mentioned in lecture, there are many instances of hexagons in nature, so I thought that I could incorperate the structure of graphite (technically there is only one layer in my drawing so it would be considered graphene) into a drawing of nature. The hexagons form the center of a sunflower, replacing the seeds. A bee also rests on the sunflower.