For a bodily extension project, I based my piece on polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that impacts fertility and the balance of hormones in the female body. It is something that has greatly affected my own life and my identity as a woman.
crossingoverland asked: You art is amazing!
Thank you! I’ve been doing a lot I learning this year in VCU’s Art Foundation program and it’s been beyond amazing. Hopefully I’ll continue to improve!
Eat Your Tardigrades or You Don’t Get Dessert!
You know this little guy, right? It’s the mighty tardigrade, as featured in the new Cosmos. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, also known as FREAKIN’ MOSS PIGLETS, are microscopic eight-legged animals that can withstand temperatures from near absolute zero to boiling water, absorb extreme doses of radiation, go without food or water for ten years, and even survive the vacuum of space. They can even be completely dried out and ride on the wind to a new home, where they rehydrate and go about their tardibusiness. Tardigrade rain, folks.
In other words, they are BAMFs (bad-ass microfauna).
Oh, and you’ve probably eaten them. Thanks to Meg Lowman, I found out that these water-dwelling super-critters live not only on wild mosses and wet plants, but on grocery store produce like lettuce and spinach. Do you think that a mere rinse or shake under the faucet (or even cooking) is enough to dislodge a radiation-eating space pig? Ha! Not by a long shot, according to Lowman.
So yeah… trying to go strictly vegetarian? You’ve almost certainly eaten some tardigrades. Sorry. Don’t worry, though. They’re totally harmless. I like to imagine that when I eat them, I absorb their power, and become a little bit mightier.
New motto: For strength, eat your vegetables and eat your tardigrades.
Meg Lowman has more about your local tardigrade friends. Also check out Lowman’s awesome research project that helps wheelchair-bound students climb to the top of the forest canopy where they help study tardigrade biodiversity. Science is for everyone!
i love its stupid face
did you know england sent them in to space and called it tardigrades in space and shortened it down to tardis
UPDATE: I just looked that last part up and yes, the European Space Agency did launch tardigrades into space to test their supposed invincibility as part of a mission called “Tardigrades In Space” that they did abbreviate as TARDIS.
Well played, Europe.
I’m not one for all those weird feeling things. Generally I just putter along quite contentedly, so no one has to deal with weird personal posts that nobody really cares about. Probably why I’m talking about it here rather than anywhere else.
I’m at a really weird point at the moment, and there’s a lot of contradicting feelings. I’m certainly at my happiest - VCUarts has been the dream I never thought to wished for. There’s a future for me here and a fairly clear path to get there. But at the same time, I’m feeling a bit lost. There’s an overwhelming sense of destination and purpose here and I have always been plagued with inadequacy.
Well- perhaps not inadequacy, perhaps an overabundance of adequacy. I’m a generalist. I’m generally adequate with a lot of stuff. But I’m not a person intended for great things. And don’t get me wrong- I like me, but I’m not special. And when you’re surrounded by people with big dreams and wonderful talents who are doing great things at this amazing school, you start to wonder what you’re doing here and where you’re going. And I don’t think I’m doing anything new or going anywhere special. I think I’m going to be perfectly adequate.
In reality, I’m not special. And I’m okay with that. But I wish someone would look at me and see special.
Hey guys! Just wanted to inform you of a pet project of mine that I’ve just started a blog for. I got a really awesome coloring book for christmas, and I (with some help from friends) have slowly been corrupting and otherwise desecrating it since then.
It’s hella fun(ny), generally offensive, and otherwise awesome. Check it out like a hot guy’s butt.
Stuntkid aka Jason Levesque - 1: Cassandra, 2013 Digital Arts: Drawings 2: Donkey Skin, 2010 Paintings: Watercolors 3: Anatomical Apnea, 2010 4: Fleshing Out, 2010 5: Loose Lips, 2010 6: Something Wicked, 2012 7: Mia Wallace, 2011 8: Flutter, 2011 9: Paint Job, 2011 Digital Arts: Drawings
Wait crap I know his son. WHOAH