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First-Year MFA Graduate Students

Iulia Fedorovych

Visual Communication Design

Hometown:

Rivne, Ukraine

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

All the programs look exciting.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Knife and other cutting tools.

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

There are no such.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

Suprematism.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Like a cucumber.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

M*A*S*H (TV Series, 1972–1983).

Ana Fleming

Painting & Drawing

Hometown:

Peoria, Illinois

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

Upon looking into Notre Dame's MFA program, I found my own interests overlapping with the work current students and faculty were making and the overarching concepts they seemed to be working with, including considerations of the nonhuman and digital worlds, in a manner I didn't anticipate. The more I researched the program and the individuals within the department of Painting & Drawing, the more excited I became at the prospect of joining this group of creators. Increasingly, it felt like the right match, and so I went ahead and applied. On a more general level, the outstanding program funding and close proximity to Chicago and my hometown of Peoria made Notre Dame's MFA program a top contender.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Other than my eyes and hands, probably good blending brushes. Creating smooth renders is an important component of my style (and least as it currently stands), and that would be much harder without nice mop brushes and other feathery instruments to really solidify gradations. But I also think resources like Instagram have become crucial to my artistic "research" and overall practice--I'm constantly discovering new artists, finding new sources of inspiration, learning techniques, and engaging with artists in ways that would have been difficult for me to do without the platform.

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

It may seem redundant, but I think creative people are generally "imaginative," by which I mean they have very active minds. When I hear "creativity," I tend to think of the verbal, visual, physical, or otherwise communicated output of the individual. However, there's an entire, often unnoticed, mental process that runs prior to generating any sort of creative work, or even undertaking any deliberate creative effort--this may include daydreaming, simulating conversations or ideas, running through possible scenarios, visualizing ideas, etc. While everyone is imaginative to some extent, I would consider anyone who spends spare moments doing this sort of loose, freely associative imaginative work on a regular basis to be a creative person. I think this process inherently involves being observant, aware of one's surroundings, and conscious of details in daily life/experience. The more creative you are, the less likely it is that your brain ever truly takes a "break" from these imaginative processes--rather, it becomes part of how you conceptualize and approach the world and your interactions with it.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

Romanticism (European/American); I appreciate the imaginative thrust and somewhat uncanny quality of works from the Romantic movement.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Perhaps, essenced sparkling water (e.g. La Croix)?

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Christopher Nolan's Inception.

Jennifer Kaplan

Ceramics

Hometown:

Charlotte, NC is where I grew up. Born in LA and have lived in Chicago the last 8 years.

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The kilns.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Water; would be pretty tough without.

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

I find artists tend to hold an openness to the unknown outcome of play.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

I would love to have hung out with Dali, so early 1900s with the added benefit of witnessing Bauhaus ballerinas in person, like from within costume.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Like a cold blueberry smoothie.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Jurassic Park.

Milagros Ramirez

Industrial Design

Hometown:

Morelia Michoacán

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

Self-driven project's, with the guidance of a well-rounded and supportive faculty.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Paper Mate flair felt tip pen, medium point (0.7mm), black.

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

The ability to visualize in three dimension.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

Cubism.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Sour Patch Candy.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Toy Story 1.

Cassandra Schifano

Sculpture

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The individualized approach and the teaching opportunities.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

My sewing machine!!

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

I think most people are creative in some way they just might not have had the opportunity to find out.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

1970s fiber arts.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Chicken soup maybe?

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Restless Creature or Everything is Illuminated.

Anna Thorne

Photography

Hometown:

Mims, FL

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

Faculty, location (close to nature, all four seasons - for projects), independent research courses, duration and small size of program, monetary coverage, teaching opportunity. Basically everything :)

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Tripod.

What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?

Connecting events/objects/ideas that seemingly have no relation.

If you had a chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

Surrealism.

If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Everlasting Gobstopper.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

The entire Harry Potter series and Inception...and Pride and Prejudice.

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