The Art Care Package will be sent to my best friend Katie from Downey . We have been best friend’s since 9th grade of high school, almost 10 years of friendship! I put pictures of inspiring teacher quotes because we are both studying to become teachers. We both love working with kids and we know how important is to teach to children. I also put memes because we always have hilarious stories working with kids and many of the memes I put we can relate to. There are also pictures of us from when we were in high school up until now. There is a picture of us when we went to prom, one from Halloween, a night out dancing, and of course a selfie picture. She has always been my go to girl. We’ve always go out together and we enjoy getting dressed up and going out dancing! I also have written out motivating and positive sayings that we say to each other. Whenever we go through hard things in life, we have always been there for each other. She and I have grown so much together and through hard times we have been able to keep moving forward. I put a map of Europe because we both want to travel and we have promised each other that once we are finished with school, we will travel Europe together. There is also a women gender symbol because we are feminist and we advocate women empowerment. There is a picture of a beach and a galaxy. We LOVE going to the beach, it is our own paradise to relax and enjoy being outdoors. One of our all time favorite movie is Interstellar! Anything that is about outer space and the galaxies we love to see and learn about it. On the bottom left is a wrapper from the chocolate Ferrero Rocher. Our FAVORITE chocolate! I wrote a little note for her on the wrapper. Lastly in the middle of everything I put a small white crystal to bring hope, freedom, and illumination to her life. She is not only my friend but she’s a sister to me.
1.How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
The similarities of an ACP and Snapchat would be is that we are still communicating in some way. We are keeping contact with one another by sending photographs and sharing memories. Also, I am the one sending the photos and messages to her, which in the end she will eventually receive and open it.
2. How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
The difference between ACP and Snapchat is that they are sent in different forms. With Snapchat everything is sent electronically, on the other hand an ACP is sent manually and also all the photographs and objects can be held physically. Another difference it that Snapchat photos can be sent in an instant, unlike when we mail something it takes a couple of days for the person to receive the mail.
3.What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
Yes, I definitely think that it has value! Especially if it was from a friend or a family member. There is something about seeing it physically and being able to hold it in person. It’s like a small glimpse of the past that you can see and hold. Of course it is not the same thing as attending a music festival, but it is a piece of history that will forever stay the same. Time will always continue to pass but having an object or picture is like having stopped time.
4.Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
Yes, I believe there is a difference because the ACP is more personal compared to a painting in the Museum. A painting in the Museum the artist wants to share his ideas, personality, and thoughts to an audience. An ACP everything that is being put into it, is only meant for the eyes of one person. The person receiving it will be able to understand why we put each picture or detail in it. It is more meaningful when it is personally sent and it builds a relation between two people.
5.You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
I believe time and effort do make a difference. For example, when giving a present you can either buy a gift card or actually take the time to put together a gift that the person will like. There is so much more meaning when a person goes out of their way to buy you something that you like. It shows that they pay attention to your interest and the things that you like to do. Snapchat is a fast, easy to use, and ideally a great way to contact people instantly. An ACP though shows more time and effort put to create a more meaningful connection with the person.
6.People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
For the first question I believe there are different levels of appreciation. It is a nice gesture when a person is able to buy you food. It shows that the person was still thinking of you and the intentions are good, but there is still more value with a home cooked meal. I believe there is a higher level of appreciation when someone takes the time to make and prepare a meal. The ACP I feel does contain much more love compared to Snapchat. It has deep meaningful memories and things that me and my best friend only understand about one another.