Sunday, January 29, 2017

In the Dea(p)th of Winter

Light in the Darkness
In the Dea(p)th of Winter Link

A photo album in reaction to the death of a beloved family member. Even in winter where there is sadness and darkness, there can still be beauty in loss. This project was me trying to come to grips with loss, "to continue what I was doing, and to spread joy and revolution"(119). It has been a rough winter and taking photographs was a nice break for me to just take time for me. I took this assignment as a way for me to come to grips with the world and its harshness. I took pictures just of things that I thought showed the mixture between light and darkness. This is what it came to be.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Have you ever just stoped to think about how much is going on around you? Every moment there is a constant steam of stimuli, we just take it and absorb it into what we call life. With this constant stream of stimuli, it is hard to find one's self and live in the moment. So now I implore you to take a breath, find a quiet spot, with just you and your thoughts, now listen, think, breathe and find yourself in each roll of the wave in the silence beneath the surface. 
This video was created on January 19th, for that purpose, to take a break from the world and just relax for a second. I think the fact that we are in a constant stream of media creates an ironic view of what it means to get away. That is where the idea of this video came from. When I feel overwhelmed I often listen to the waves crash on the shore, well electronically, and that got me thinking. McLuhan states that "Environments are invisible. Their ground rules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception"(84), we live in a world today were it takes a click to get to a new world to escape to, but in reality we have not escaped at all. 

Monday, January 9, 2017


Eryn Blagg
Wood, nails, wood glue
3' X 1.5' X 1.5'
November 2016

Exploring the Beauty of the World

One thing that i think about art that i find interesting is that art shows the world around us that we may not one day view. I am able to see the half way across the world. One day I want to be able to travel the world and take photos. Not just for a job, but to explore. I was first introduced to nature photography from Thomas Mangelsen. He has a gallery in my home town, which is where I was first introduced to his work. But this is a view of the planet that I could never get in Nebraska, but through photography I can show how amazing the world is. That is what I want to do with art. Explore the world, and show its complexity and beauty.
Here is the link to his webpage to view more of his nature photography:  Mangelsen's Photography

First Light - Elk

Thomas D. Mangelsen

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Pictures of People Taking Pictures

combining my love of photography with the love of drawing, because when you can't choose, don't
Pictures of People Taking Pictures
Eryn Blagg
Charcoal on Paper
Spring 2016

At Least One Thing Remains the Same

finding beauty in the simplest of things and learning to appreciate them
At Least One Thing Remains the Same
Eryn Blagg
2, October 2016 -Bjork
Taken with Digital Camera


My older sister and I

Just me swimming
“How much do you make? Have you ever contemplated suicide? … Electrical information devices for universal, tyrannical womb-to-tomb surveillance are causing a very serious dilemma between our claim to privacy and the community’s need to know” (McLuhan 12) So I guess I should tell you about myself then. Hello world, my name is Eryn. Currently I am a student at Lawrence University studying mathematics and studio art. With the combination of the two, I spend a lot of time in the studio or in a room with a chalkboard. Which to be honest, I don’t really mind, I like the smell of chalk and saw dust. Outside of the classroom I am a member of the swim and track team along with Greek life in Kappa Kappa Gamma. I’ve been swimming as long as I can remember and has become a big factor in my life. My friends joke that I am more coordinated in water then on land. Although I live in Appleton 9 months out of the year, Omaha Nebraska is where I call home (and yes I have heard every Nebraska joke there is). My mom was an artist in college and was always doing art when I was young, from painting at the zoo, or on the beach. So I guess art has always been around in my life. However, it wasn’t until High School that I seriously thought about art. I mean I always enjoyed it, but it was when I finally got some formal training that I started to appreciate art more. At that time I did mostly drawing until I got a digital camera of my own. Now it has become a huge part of me as an artist, not the only part of me but a part. The rest of me I guess I’m going to leave you to figure out.