Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects - Maskull Lasserre
Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre extracts the most delicate anatomical forms of animals and humans from common everyday objects like picture frame, hanger or a bed corner.
Born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, he has lived in South Africa and Ottawa and now lives in Montreal. Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.
Karina Shedrofsky, The Diamondback
Even as mental health awareness and services increase, university officials said, mental health experiences vary for people of different races, a disparity they highlighted in a panel discussion last night.
As part of Stress Less Week, an awareness campaign aimed at reducing stress and the stigma associated with mental illness, the university’s chapter of Active Minds, the Counseling Center and the Division of Student Affairs’ Diversity Advisory Council hosted a panel to address mental health resources and mental health in communities of color. A small crowd attended the event in the Benjamin Banneker room in Stamp Student Union.
Charmaine Wilson-Jones, the Diversity Advisory Council’s chairwoman, said the council wanted to host a mental health event focusing on unaddressed or underserved communities.
“We feel like there’s a huge push for mental health right now, on campus and off,” said Wilson-Jones, a junior government and politics major. “But a lot of minority students — and people of color in general — are being left out of that discussion, and we wanted to find a way to sort of bring those two sides together.”
Wilson-Jones connected with members of Active Minds and brought together Howard Lloyd, a doctoral intern at the Counseling Center; Na-Yeun Choi, a fifth-year psychology doctoral student; and James Houle, a Counseling Center staff psychologist.
Wilson-Jones began the discussion by asking the speakers about their personal experiences with diversity and mental health. Each panelist identified as a different race and had different experiences but agreed that students of color face specific sources of stress and anxiety that must be combated.
“For students of color, there’s a real feeling or idea that, ‘If I go to talk to someone, they aren’t going to look like me or understand where I’m coming from. And how can someone who doesn’t look like me understand where I’m coming from?’” Lloyd said.
Choi, a first-generation immigrant from Korea, discussed the stereotypes that can impact an individual’s mental health, such as the model minority myth surrounding Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities that creates pressure to live up to an ideal of perfectionism.
She said students of color can face numerous barriers when seeking help.
“Maybe loss of faith and kind of bringing some shame to the families in their own community, especially in more communal and non-individual communities — they tend to look more into this concept of you really are supporting your whole community and family,” Choi said.
Each speaker mentioned the extra emotional toll racism takes on students of color, and more specifically the idea of microaggressions — subtle and small acts of discrimination or prejudice that students who identify as white might not notice.
“Somebody once described a million little paper cuts as a form of microaggression,” Houle said. “Over time one paper cut might not hurt, but a thousand or a million paper cuts will hurt.”
Lloyd, who identifies as African-American, recognized that students might fear seeking help from people they don’t think they can relate to or who won’t understand their stresses and problems because of difference in race or ethnicity.
To combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues in multiracial communities, the panelists said, talking about the issues and making students more aware of the realities of counseling — such as what psychologists and psychiatrists look like and how sessions are typically run — can go a long way.
Houle said the Counseling Center reaches out to explain the services they offer and meet people to show what psychologists look like outside of pop culture depictions, he said. The center offers Students of Color Walk-In Hour sessions during which students can see a counselor without making an appointment.
Mudit Verma, a senior psychology major and Active Minds’ fundraising director, appreciated the panelists’ advice on how to productively react when a friend or family member says something offensive that might discourage someone from seeking professional help.
“Their responses really intrigued me,” he said. “Using objective information is really a powerful tool to sort of convince an audience.”
Josh Ratner, the Student Government Association’s student affairs vice president, said that identifying the different ways communities perceive mental health is important when trying to improve services.
“It’s really interesting to see how different communities value, stigmatize, prioritize mental health,” the junior government and politics major said. “And it’s great to see that the university has programs to try and reach out to different communities that might have more stigma associated with mental health.”
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Reading and educating myself on multicultural issues, I can’t help but have a running narrative about mental health as a whole that invalidates an “us vs them” mentality so deeply burrowed within such issues to call toward a higher cultural sphere. Specifically, one’s race has no bearing on the need for services or ability to give and receive them; our biology is near indistinguishable. Though a bit visceral, wrist deep inside a person, we all look the same: two lungs, a heart, stomach, intestine, liver, so on. So why must we treat mental health as something special? Why should it matter that my therapist is the same race or ethnicity as myself? As someone studying to become a psychologist, effects can be seen, but it’s not at the level of the therapist’s skill. It’s at the level of our clients. Simply, if a client has already decided that a therapist doesn’t understand them simply because the color of their skin thus can’t help, there is nothing to be done until that mentality is addressed.
Magical Blue Crystals Cover an Entire Room by Roger Hiorns
Seizure is a large-scale installation by British artist Roger Hiorns in which he used unexpected materials to transform an everyday room into a giant piece of art. To create the site-specific installation, Hiorns covered the surface of the interior with plastic sheeting. He then poured more than 20,000 gallons of boiling copper sulphate solution into the abandoned space and let the liquid cool for three weeks. As the liquid cooled, these strange blue crystalline growths began to form, covering the walls, the floors, and the ceiling. The remaining liquid was drained and sent out for special chemical recycling.
So fucking crazy.
Here’s my realistic Pokémon interpretations so far! They started off as detailed sketches/quick drawings but I think I’m just going to call them interpretations now! They depict my three favourite Pokémon per type, excluding legendaries, Gen 6 Pokémon and Fairy type.
Favourite Dragon Types: Flygon | Haxorus | Garchomp
Favourite Ghost Types: Gengar | Sableye | Banette
Favourite Fire Types: Houndoom | Arcanine | (Soon-to-be Charizard)
Which type should I do next?
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Surreal Photos of A Frozen Venice
Art director Robert Jahns has created a series of surrealistic photos of Venice by combining photos of Italy by Luis Manuel Osorio Fernando with photos of frozen lakes in Russia by Daniel Kordan. Robert Jahns wanted to show how the Venice Canal would look like if it was frozen by the winter.
And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
That was beautiful
I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.
This is a beautiful piece, flowing through a gamut of emotions. I highly recommend you listen to this.
Well done, Sir Anthony.
how does a piece like that just SIT for 50 years?
For the same reason why people can’t give Willie Shakespeare a fucking rest….
ok i’ve been staring at the one with Goofy and Pluto for like 10 minutes now and still don’t get it. Someone more clever or less innocent explain?
Pluto is licking peanut butter off of Goofy’s dick