As Colby students, we first see the spaces we live in as bare, white-walled rooms, devoid of any evidence of human presence. They feel alien at first—disconcertingly empty boxes we’ll inhabit for nine months, but never really own. We wage war against this unfamiliarity and temporariness through the decoration and personalization of our dorm room walls.
Students enrolled in the course hosted Theaster in a class discussion, joined him on a tour of Waterville’s South End, attended multiple community meetings arranged around his visit, and traveled to Chicago to visit some of his projects on the South Side. These are some of their responses to that experience.
Benjamin Lisle, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies;
Namita Bhattacharya '19, Lorne Carter '21, Shamus Connelly '20, John Egner '18, Aisling Flaherty '20, Julia Grady '20, Danny Lehman '19, James Lindberg '19, Sarah Rossien '19, Danya Smith '20, Cal Waichler '21
“Individuality is the most important quality I took away from Zao Wou-Ki and my time at Colby College. Since I graduated, I’ve found the strength to express my individuality and push myself to continue to challenge myself.”
“In my seminar on the Vollard Suite, I learned how to look closely and how to help others look—for details, technique and style, visual connections to other works of art, and evidence of philosophical and symbolic influences.”