The spheres gently sit
They are confident in being.
You could reach all the way in –
there is space for you.
Or you could reach out a little –
and grab ahold.
Behind the mound with calculated leaks,
that shelves the spherical six,
breathes a wash that maybe wanted to drip from its border
like some of its neighbors do.
And be free of being grounded
and be free of handling the center.
But what is a thing
without some ground?
It is in the space
shared with the center of your eye
when you look
at the floating heaps
whose enormity could intimidate.
But they won’t see you looking.
They cannot be bothered.
They are too busy
I wonder how those heaps feel
coexisting with those straight lines.
And I wonder if they notice
that those lines – they aren’t really perfectly straight
and that their edges reveal the hand that brought them into being.
Or if they just assume pristineness,
and see them existing as complete opposites.
Too different to meld
but comfortable enough to touch.
And the lines,
do they see those undulating curves and forms
of the heaps
salute them as playful eccentrics?
Or do they see their intermittent translucency
“They are certainly diverse, but not unwavering.”
And cradling these relationships
is the color
that moves and morphs as living things should.
Almost navy blue sharp edges.
Almost navy blue bend.
Burnt orange gestures.
Burnt orange verticals.
Some type of honeydew green shape.
Some type of honeydew green horizontals.
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As part of the second-year graduates’ Thesis Projects I course, candidates were each assigned two of their cohort to review. As students begin writing their thesis papers and constructing artist statements, this review process proves to be beneficial twofold. Students not only exercise their written critique skills, but are able to read about their own project from other voices. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting these reviews, so be sure to visit regularly for insights and photos of the second years’ progress!