by Liran Dor
As I continue to make more observations about the people around me, the more I see the similarities and blandness that surrounds me as well. Everyone does the same thing but in a different way. I believe that this is what makes us human. By trapping ourselves in a cycle of wanting to be like those who surround us, it also makes us boring and unhappy. This mosaic is the story of a man, who, like most of us, has gotten trapped in his need to be the same as everyone else. The man is being cured of this need to be the same as everyone else by the the most colorful part of the piece—the glasses. These glasses are showing him the path to actual happiness. The reaction that you can see in his eyebrows shows that he is learning something, that his entire perspective is changing, and that now he can actually see.
This piece also represents me, stuck in the mindset of wanting to be happy but not knowing how. This semester, in my Expedition class, we studied Chinese culture and its most influential philosophies: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Buddhism stuck out to me in particular because of its emphasis on personal happiness. The entire religion is based on making yourself happy. A Buddhist teaching that I thought a lot about in particular was the belief that detaching oneself from all sentimental items will bring bliss, because without attachment you have nothing to lose and nothing to fear of being lost. I wanted to test this as it seemed silly not to test something that could potentially make me happy. In order to detach myself from my work, when I finished my mosaic, I dropped it on the floor and watched as the pieces that I spent hours gluing down flew off the artwork like birds being freed from a cage. It felt good, and it felt sad, but the sad feeling lasted the day and the good feeling lasted a week. I then painted the exposed background black and wrote “I See” on every surface I could find, because I felt I could really see what life could be like. I caught a small glimpse of the potential happiness I could have if I detached myself from unnecessary sentiment—at least, I think so.
I cut tessera (tile parts) into small pieces and placed them in the shape of a body, head and hair and assigned certain colors to each section. The background was made up of opus tessellatum, a basic, linear pattern designed to not draw attention. The scatteredness of the pieces that make up the man himself against the plain background makes him pop out of the piece, drawing all attention to his key details: his mustache, his eyebrows, and his sunglasses.
The goal of the piece was to evoke some curiosity in the person looking at it. It is designed to make you wonder what this man is feeling and/or actually seeing in this snapshot of his life. The process that I went through building him was long and I had to make many artistically questionable decisions, such as trying to grout the frames of his sunglasses and accidentally ruining some of it, deciding how large his head would be in comparison to his body to make him pop out even more, and of course, throwing him to the ground. I believe this process left me with an amazing mosaic and an even better message that I am truly proud to share with whoever reads this statement: sentiment is truly overrated.
I have loved drawing since I was little. I recently realized though that I rarely finish pieces that are outside of class due to the time I like to spend on them. These are piecesI have completed in the last year or so. I have recently gained a passion for painting. I find color theory and composition extremely interesting and I have explored them with paint. These are a combination of paintings I have done in and out of class.
by Ari Dor
1. Piston & Sticky Piston
Pistons and sticky pistons push and pull blocks. Pistons push blocks when powered, and sticky pistons push when powered and and pull when depowered9,10,11,. Pistons canât push more than 12 blocks, and if they are powered when more than 12 blocks are in front of them, they wonât do anything. This also applies to sticky pistons. When a sticky piston pushes more than 1 block and gets depowered, it will only retract 1 block. This is where slime blocks and honey blocks come in: they are the only âstickyâ blocks in the game. They allow for more blocks to be retracted at once12,13.
Observers14, well, observe. If something somehow changes directly in front of it, it will send a quick redstone output behind it. It is most commonly used in automatic farming, to detect when a plant has reached a certain height and is therefore ready for harvest15.
Une Vie d’Étudiante Aujourd’hui
Que voulez-vous que je fasse avec ma vie ?
Voulez-vous que je sois mathématicienne ?
Où peut être ingénieure ?
Au lieu de me dire quoi faire,
Pourriez-vous me guider ?
Je suis perdue et seul.
Perdue et seul.
Pourquoi est-ce que je travaille si fort ?
Pour une raison inutile :
Je veux être intelligente et respectée.
Notre société nous a dicté d’être cela
Tous les mêmes, tous impressionnants
Mais un beau jour,
Je serai fière de moi-même
Mais pour une raison complètement différente...
The Truth of Today’s Student
What do you want me to do with my life?
Do you want me to become a mathematician?
Or maybe an engineer?
Instead of telling me what to do,
Could you please help guide me?
I am lost and alone.
Lost and alone.
Why do I work so hard?
For a sole and useless reason:
I want to be intelligent and respected.
Our society has burdened us with this
To be the same, to be impressive
But one day.
I will be proud of myself
But for a completely different reason...