Week 2

Harmony in Visual Design and Mental/Physical Healing


For this assignment, I closed my eyes and let my mouse land on a random location on Google Maps. I landed on a market in Sawtelle Blvd, an area I was familiar with. Because this last week I had been sick and unable to eat food, I decided to go out to buy tea at Volcano Tea House. I decided to draw the cup of tea that I received from the tea house because it was the most emotionally significant item that I encountered on my trip for reasons I will explain below.

Biotechnology and Art - Dyeing with Invasive Plants

I really have no particular interest in the art of making or using dyes, and so my expectations were not exactly high for this workshop. That being said, I thought that it was really excellent - while there was some focus on the practical steps by which to make dyes from plants, the conversation was mostly dedicated to the nature of humans to their environment as well as the general notion of an invasive species. We discussed a bunch of different topics in ecology including fire based ecosystems, something I found particularly interesting.

The Old Wheelbarrow

It all began with following Prof. Thomas’s advice, opening the google map, and throwing a random pin. For a person considered by many to be a “happy-go-lucky” type of person, I rarely feel unease. However, immediately after the pin was dropped, I felt uneasiness and started to psych myself out, thinking all the what-if scenarios. This unrest went on for few days, almost resulting in me wanting to redo the “random” pin. It was then I started to think about social confidence and the potential scares of the pandemic.

Serendipitous Beauty

I selected my point of reference using Google maps. Because of the lack of gas in my car, I limited the proximity  around me to a 15 mile radius, and allowed a family member to choose with their eyes closed. I've always been an admirer of nature, but haven't been prioritizing that form of curiosity. 


Today after work, I randomly pinned a location on Google maps. My pin took me to a beautiful neighborhood in Burbank. It is approximately 20 minutes away from my house and 15 minutes away from my job. Besides going out to eat and visiting the mall, Burbank is not a city where I am accustomed to visiting and much less knowing many people that live in that area. I got off my car, and immediately I noticed a difference between my own neighborhood and Burbank. I walked down the street to even sidewalks, flowers blossoming at every house, and bright blue skies.

An Existentialist Perspective

For this week's assignment of visiting a location through serendipity, I decided to print out a small map of UCLA and toss a hairpin onto it. I was excited to find that my hairpin landed on the Fowler/Janss Steps (soon to be called Kuruvungna Steps) area, so I put on my mask, grabbed a notebook and pen, and made my way to campus. It was a beautiful weekend afternoon--sunny but still cool, and there were a plethora of small groups lounging around in the sun.

Quantum Uncertainty: Pauley Patio & Relativity

Since I live near UCLA right now, I decided to use this project as an opportunity to rediscover some of the beauty of our campus. UCLA is one of the most beautiful places I can think of, and yet I spend most of my time there staring at a computer screen or just getting from point A to point B thinking about my assignments rather than really seeing the nature around me.

So I pulled up a map of UCLA, closed my eyes, and put my finger on a random location. I ended up at the corner of the patio near Pauley Pavilion.


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