It’s hard to believe that only a few short months ago I finished my bachelor’s degree in art history from Truman State University. The last few months of my degree was a total whirlwind! I completed a thesis project and presented at our annual Student Research Conference. My project centered around the changing reception of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s barrel art due to the introduction of Instagram.
Throughout the academic year, I worked with several interdisciplinary mentors in order to draft my undergraduate thesis, Not Just a Bath Toy: The Reception of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Barrel Art Since 1963. The process of writing my thesis challenged me as a student and allowed me to evolve and mature as a writer and researcher––opportunities for which I am thankful.
During the year of writing (and editing, and rewriting, and editing again), I discovered that my main passions in the field are performance and environmental art. Projects like Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s London Mastaba excite me so much that I couldn’t imagine ending my studies now. This is why I decided to attend graduate school in Toronto for a Master’s in the History of Art program. While in Toronto I hope to continue to grow as an art historian and continue to pursue my interests in the field.
I hope that this blog will be a space for me to explore topics outside of the classroom. I also hope to blog about the new-to-me art scene in Toronto, and my life as a graduate student.