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Maryfrances Di Maggio
Department: Liberal Studies
Year: Junior
Class: LS 426

The Shape of Your Thoughts

This project was an accumulation of my thoughts and the way I process my thoughts. In the painting, you can see two human-like figures which represent the ghosts of my thoughts. I am a really forgetful person so if I don't stick post-its everywhere reminding me about something, I end up feeling guilty for not remembering. The figures in the middle represent all of those lost thoughts that I forgot to write down and remind myself about, almost looming over my mind and taking over the current thoughts a bit more than usual. The two half circles on the bottom corners of the canvas represent spotlight. I like to think of these spotlights as my focus on certain things throughout my day. The white umbrella looking thing on top of the figures in the middle of the painting, I think represents my overall ability to think about the whole picture. I used to be somebody who was really small minded until I met my partner really, and I only really thought of myself and how I would be affected by certain actions or circumstances. When I met my partner, I was exposed to a lot of different things that really helped to give me a sense of thinking about things outside of myself. I also think part of this has to do with the major I chose, Liberal Studies, and it being interdisciplinary and to understand a certain issue through different disciplines and how to look at the problem in all of these different aspects has a lot to do with the way that I think. So, in a short breath, the umbrella represents the all encompassing thoughts that cross my mind each day. The small dots and circles around the black matter on the canvas represent small thoughts I have through the day. Representative of how things pop in and out of my head. More of the random and off the wall things that I tend to think about when I space out or I'm bored. Overall, this project really brought a lot of concepts to the surface that I wouldn't have necessarily thought about. Special thanks to Professor Sousanis for always pushing and enabling his students.
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