Excited beginnings in France

Bonjour!

My name is Tina Piracci, and I am a studio art major at USF currently studying abroad in France as part of the USF Art and Art History in Paris program. We just arrived, and the beauty is already overwhelming. Every corner and every park holds years of history and talent placed into public artworks and buildings.

Already, we have visited Pablo Picasso´s studio, and Gertrude Stein´s old house. I knew I would look forward to the Louvre and other museums, but I had no idea how significant it would be to stand outside of where Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was created. I have not even been here a week, and already I have experience an interesting array of things. For instance, the river is the highest it has been in 50 years! This has caused terribly flooding and has shut down all boat access due to the bridges. The arches of the bridges are barely above their extremely high gap above the water, and the stair cases down to docks only have a few exposed steps left. I stood outside of Notre Dame and watched a suit case be violently pulled down the river along with other solemn debris. I pondered of the person who has lost their suitcase, and what else may have been pulled in. The Lourve is closed because they are moving their basement collections to protect them in case of flooding. Even some of the metro stations had flooded and were blocked off.

It´s partly a city of stairs leading into swirling pools of water. Eerie.

 

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Strolling through the Louvre and exploring around Art Basel are two vastly different art scenes. In one, you have awe-inspiring levels of skill and beauty stretching back in history; and in the other, you have a different kind of beauty: a contemporary view of the art world, which frequently lacks the intense artistry skill that past masterpieces valued. My research aims to combine past methods of creation with contemporary ideas of feminism and beauty.

This photo of Venus de Milo was taken at the Louvre as a part of a series of hundreds of photos I captured in hopes of creating a 3-dimensional model that I can utilize as a reference in my research. This process is called pic-stitching, and it allows the transformation of a multitude of photos into a digital 3-D model that can then be 3-D printed.

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The lobby of our dorm ceiling shot

A separate project I am working on here deals with literal impressions. Exploring the city, it is impossible not to notice all of the beautiful ancient architecture. Wandering through galleries, I could not help to admire the frames that all these works were housed in. I found the similarities in the art pieces and public spaces very interesting. I plan to take a direct  index from the city home with me. I have began selecting areas in the city that have tessellating architectural embellishments on the buildings that are within my reach, and I will take a slab of clay and impress small sections of the sculptural patterns.  will then take those pieces and create molds from them, hence the significance of the tessellating pattern. I will arrange these molds to create frames for my boyfriend´s copper etchings that he is creating for his research. These pieces are significant together as his research discusses the role of Paris in art history. Some of the areas I am selecting deal with the areas where the first photographs were taken, where he will be capturing images to create copper etchings. We hope to tie together the likings of art, architecture and art history to create our first collaboration.

Creatives are everywhere in Paris, like this man. A photo cannot capture his bellowing opera voice, but I have been collecting sounds of street performers and metro cars, to gather sounds of Paris for a video I plan to create.

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