I’m also a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in film (ok it was a long a time ago now and all my films were in super 8) but I still feel like the artist I was learning to be at the time. You don’t lose that creative way of seeing the world you get from an art school education and I have brought that aspect into every one of my jobs. Now I don’t use a super 8 camera to capture images on film anymore, but instead I write them into a poem, or describe them in my blog about my teenagers. And I get excited about design and social media and new ways to communicate a message to an audience.
I’m so thrilled to be working at MIT because I’ve known about the best-kept secret here for a very long time. This is a truly wonderfully artistic place to be. I spent weekends in the 80s (Ugh yes, the 80s) prowling around the exhibits at the LIST Visual Arts Center, sat on the floor cross legged in a class about the intersection of science and art in the old Longwood building at MassArt with Lowry Burgess, a former Fellow and Senior Consultant at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and the very best humanities teacher I ever had while I was getting a masters degree in Literature at Harvard Extension School was actually a professor here at MIT! The class was on Hypertext and I wrote a truly abysmal paper that for years would come up first in the list when I googled my name. Thank god it is gone finally. If you find it, please be kind. It was the first real academic paper of my life (remember I went to art school)
As for the rest of my life, I am a “not straight” mom of two teenage boys who I blog about. I sometimes read my poetry onstage, and I’m hoping to write a book one day. I love cake, have a nasty Dr Pepper habit I’m trying to kick, and unlike most of my coworkers here, I’m old enough to remember a typewriter. Although I will say I’m young enough still to love, love, love facebook. Happy blogging!