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At Skidmore, writing matters And peer tutoring does too
Elena Borstein ’68
“My interest in architecture began while I was still a student at Skidmore, when I explored the many abandoned houses that were around Saratoga at the time. In my travels, I have been drawn by the simple geometry of Greek island architecture. In this moderate climate, the buildings have many inside/outside spaces—terraces, courtyards, doorways, arches—that create an interplay of bright, hot sunlight with cool interiors, as well as a fluid interaction of private and public spaces.
Josh Dorman ’88
“When I was eight years old, I’d lie on my stomach in my bedroom and draw with colored pencils in ring-bound sketchbooks—monsters, winged beings, organic machines with gears and tendrils and bolts of electric current… When I began overlaying drawings onto old maps (bought from Saratoga’s Lyrical Ballad bookstore), I was very aware of the implied violation inherent in putting my first marks on the antique paper.
Joshua R. Marks ’92
“How the media affect our vision of the ‘American Dream,’ and the level to which we succeed in achieving this dream, is what interests me. Popular media have taken this ideal—two cars, a house in the suburbs, a perfect lawn, and two-point-five children—and used it to create and define status. Do we respect the fashionable Viking stove because of its superior qualities, or do we desire it for the status obtained by owning it? We have become slaves to our image, or the images that are repeatedly presented to us as the ‘American Dream.’
“I am interested in marrying material and memory. To make my porcelain pieces, I let the casting slip, or liquid clay, dry out until it’s sort of like Silly Putty, then I smear it onto paper and wrap it around a form or lay it on top of an armature. The porcelain slumps in and takes the shape of the armature, and when fired it becomes the memory of what was underneath it. I choose materials for their inherent beauty—porcelain, certain kinds of paper, aluminum—and then I stop thinking about what I’m making; I trust that the beauty of the material and processes I use will take care of the aesthetics.
“As a landscape painter I have taken my own photographs for use as reference studies that precede the full-scale paintings. But photography became an end in itself for me in 2000.
Sandra Smith Dovberg ’69
“I’ve always liked working with my hands. I find it fulfilling to make things from scratch, and it keeps me well connected to a part of myself that some might call spiritual. The labor takes a toll physically. It is a solitary job and can feel isolating. Working on one piece at a time can be a drag; I have found it’s nice to have more than one project going at a time. I dislike soldering and will invent jobs, like cleaning my studio, to put it off.
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