“Livin' life in phases/ another season changes/ and still my days are shapeless.”- Tame Impala
Welp, I don’t know what to tell you, I thought I could keep up this blog for my own sake and to help me gather my thoughts about life and all, but over the course of the semester it was just really hard, to say the least.
GRAD SCHOOL IS HARD AND INTENSE AND MOST OF THE TIME I’M NOT REALLY SURE WHETHER I’M GONNA SURVIVE OR NOT. *cries in spanish*
Now that I got that statement out of the way, I would like to share many of the accomplishments and goals that I was able to get done this semester. Looking back at the last blog I wrote before this (last year lol)... I was not able to get pink hair without completely killing my hair entirely, I did end up going to Italy, AND my art-making and work definitely did mature.
In March, I took my first trip to Europe, and it was also my first time travelling outside of both of my homes (U.S. and Mexico). It was absolutely amazing. I know people say that all the time when travelling abroad, but I don’t know what else I can say about that experience. I had many moments of Deja Vu, and aesthetic experiences that literally made me cry. I had made a vow to myself on my last birthday that I would visit a new country each year; although this is the first year of keeping that vow, I’m already going to surpass it since I was selected to go on a trip to Peru in June!
Apart from that, I was also able to have my first solo exhibition at the end of March. This one was among the various art shows that I was able to be a part of this semester, I even won first place in the analog category at a photography competition. I also sold a bunch of art and made a patreon account. I guess I can say that it was a great semester, especially since I was able to bond even more with the people here in Wichita.
I feel a little weird sharing all my accomplishments and not having much bad news to share, but I have to make sure I tell myself that that is okay; it’s actually pretty good. Obviously, I still deal with past trauma on a daily- basis, but I feel that I have gotten much better at managing it and plunging it into my artmaking instead of crying over it in my bed all alone at night during a thunderstorm. Yes, very specific.
This is actually what I have been currently focusing my work on at the moment. I want to explore the ways that religious institutions can work as enablers for domestic and sexual violence. I hope to get more into the details and specifics for what this means to me in upcoming posts.
I know this post was just a quick rundown of highlights that have happened over the past few months, but I will probably circle back to some of the things I glossed over during this post. Please stay tuned, and thank you so much for being so patient with me!