Monday, January 23, 2017

dynamic of transformation and tradition

Anne Harris, a medievalist and art history professor at DePauw,  spoke of "how to uphold tradition while transforming." Mainly, she spoke of the importance of transformation and where it comes from. She stressed that transformations are the results of entanglements. Thus, entangling is important. She told us that we are all transforming here at Lawrence (students, faculty, and staff) because we are all "coming together and entangling" with now another. 

What she spent most of her time talking about was these truly fascinating ancient rocks in France (possibly the Carnac stones). These massive stones were erected from the 4500 BC to 3300 BC. Over the centuries, these rocks have been dismantled and re-erected several times. Anne tied this in with the dynamic of transformation and tradition. 

When do ordinary life events become extraordinary?

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.-Ferris Bueller

When I was younger, I lived in a culture that literally took time for daily "siestas" and regularly had three to four hour meals. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to the USA, is that everyone is always on the go. There is a constant demand for more activity, more time, and more stress. In this anxiety-prone culture, it's hard to take a breather and appreciate the beauty of everyday life.

car trip (1-21-2017)

As a response to McLuhan's notions of time becoming the new space as we "march backwards into the future" (p.63), I thought of a car wash (in reverse). Going through a car wash is an ordinary life event, but a car wash can become extraordinary depending on your point of view. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017


  1. 1.
    the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
  2. 2.
    the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

I know this blog entry may seem mundane but I'm having a lot of trouble introducing myself as an 'artist', because I don't really know what it means to be an 'artist.' In particular, I don't know what it is that defines art. Above I've included the Merriam-Webster definition of art, but even after reading it several times I am lost. In fact, the more I read it the more disoriented I feel. Because what's beautiful to one person may not be appealing to me in the slightest! Additionally, there are many accomplished artists whose art doesn't necessarily require much skill (or precision at least). So what makes art ART?

El sol rojo, 1950 by Joan Miró

Pintura I, 1965 by Joan Miró

Mujer, pájaro y estrella, 1942 by Joan Miró

La sonrisa de alas flameantes, 1953 by Joan Miró

Azul II, 1961 by Joan Miró

¿Quién soy yo?

Hi. I'm Lizzy Garcia, welcome to my blog. I was born in Barcelona, Spain. I lived there for 11 years, until I moved to a small town in Illinois called Galesburg... Boy, that was a change!! Three years later--right before high school (yikes)--my family moved to Saint Paul, MN. I hate being asked where I'm from, I never know what to answer.

Saint Paul
Saint Paul

Height: 5′ 2″
(Here is a short list of names you may recognize that share this fun fact with me: Prince, Shakira, Elizabeth Taylor, Nicki Minaj, Charles Manson, Mary-Kate Olsen, Yoko Ono, Hillary Duff, and Salma Hayek.)

"Too many people know too much about each other." -Marshall McLuhan (24)

As a child I hoped to grow up and become either a film director or a dolphin trainer.
I have four of Ansel Adams' photographs as posters hung in my room.
I enjoy taking photos when I have time to do so.
I'm a swimmer at Lawrence University.
I'm a big fan of street photography.
I think physics is really whack.
I have a lot of siblings.
I like to dance.
I am a bartender.
I like using the word groovy.
I admire many forms of architecture.
I think walking is one of my favorite pastimes.
I think Vivian Maier is mind-blowing and inspiring.
I like to study biology and the brain among other things.
When I pass away, I hope that at least one person reflects on my life and thinks, "Wow. What a work of art!"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shots taken during some down time on one of my swimming training trips in The Golden State. (Coronado, CA - January, 2015)