The role of art

I’m interested in contemporary art as well as in philosophy, history and politics. A lot of my groupmates, in my opinion, underestimate the role of culture in our everyday life, especially those who study such subjects as Maths, Ingeneering or Machine Learning.

I understand perfectly well that in their professional career that won’t probably need a deep knowledge of classical French literature and they don’t have to distinguish between Monet et Mane. There many subjects I know nothing about, so it is not shaming at any point.

What I’m trying to say is that some basic knowledge of Humanities is necessary for every human being:

  1. Firstly, sometimes we forget that great books about love, passion and difficult life choices were created not to be criticized by professionals (mostly) but to analyze dramas we all go through.

For instance, Romeo and Juliette. Excuse me for such an ordinary example but it serves perfectly well to prove my point. Everybody know what this book’s about. It has become so famous not because of it’s numerous artistic accomplishments but because anybody could relate to it. I don’t believe that there is at least one person on our planet who didn’t suffer from love.

  1. Moreover, these artworks were born to show you that you’re not alone. That it could be worse. That life, as incomprehensible and challenging as it is, is full of wonderful things that make it worth living. Literature and visual arts make you reflect, and as we all know “Cogito, ergo sum”.

If you think, you don’t have time to read, think again. However, meanwhile you could learn to understand other types of art, for example, graphics and painting.

There is one contemporary artist, which I like very much. His name is Leonid Afremov, and he has become famous at the end of last century.

I believe that his paintings are perfect to start your acquaintance with artistic world. They may seem rather simple from the first sight, but have a profound background.

First of all, it took many years to develop a unique techniques which he uses. It consist of using a paintbrush and a palette knife, which deepens the strokes creating a volume texture. The colors he applies are very rich and full of pigment. He likes to use yellow palette to make his painting a true symphony of light.

Look at his famous Gold Wave painting here. This work depicts a gracious dancer in movement. Her figure is the only thing we can notice in the painting. As far as I can see, it is dedicated to the loneliness of the creator and to beauty of this process.

Talking about women in society

Last week we had a very interesting lecture on the promotion of women’s rights in the world. In particular, we discussed the role of a woman in a modern world. I started to think: is a working mother a bad mother?

Judging from my experience, there are some people who consider children of working women to be similar to orphans. They think that such children are potentially criminals because their mothers are not controlling their every step. This argument seems to me rather week and unconvincing because it’s based on the belief that time is more important in children’s education than effort. Of course, a child might join a street gang if he’s not strictly controlled. On the other hand, he can even do this if he is.

In my opinion, what matters is a life pattern a boy or a girl sees every day at home. So, if he or she is lucky to observe an intelligent energetic woman who is fascinated with her work, why would he or she be interested in some dubious activities which clearly are not going help him or her to build a career?

Secondly, to say that it’s only mother’s obligatory to educate her child seems a way out of date. Nowadays children go to school, attend classes of supplementary education, do sports. Modern children are almost as busy as grown-ups, if their parents invest in their development. Mother’s incessant presence is not needed at all. What is needed is money, so why cannot a woman add a sum to a family budget?

Hello beautiful people!

I’m Katherine Rodgers. I’m a human rights activist. I believe that everyone was born equal, and I have to do my best to provide rights and freedoms to everyone who is in need of help and support.

I’m studying Liberal Arts at Pomona College in Claremont, California. The curriculum provides us with general scientific and cultural knowledge, which might get in handy when I start working full-time for some human right organization.

In my spare time, I like to go to theaters and museums, draw and travel. I have a couple of close friends who share my interest in arts, literature and history and I like to spend time with them.