For my Art Care Package (ACP) I decided to put something together for my nineteen-year-old sister, Briana, who lives in Long Beach. Creating this art care package for my sister was really fun! I enjoyed thinking about things that she would enjoy and things that I wanted her to remember. To put this package together, it did take a while because I ran around the house looking for things to include in her package. I wanted everything in the package to carry meaning or a story. In our family we enjoy going to the movies, so I decided to include some old movie tickets. I also included some makeup like: lip gloss, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and a brush because we both feel that makeup is art. I also, added my two world collages that I made when I was receiving chemo in the hospital. My sister always told me that she loved them, so I thought it would be nice to pass them on to her. I put glasses in the package because she was with me when I won them at Dodger Stadium. Lastly, I included a bracelet and necklace because they hold sentimental value to me and she knows why. I really enjoyed taking the time out of my day to create the perfect package for my sister.
- How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
Sending someone an ACP is similar to Snapchat in the sense that they are both a means of communication. Also, they are both interactive. On snapchat within seconds you can respond back to a snap. Even though it takes a little longer to respond to an ACP, when it arrives you have to physically interact with the package (see what’s inside) and then respond back.
- How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
Sending someone an ACP differs from Snapchat because it takes longer to communicate through an ACP, as opposed to Snapchat. I also think that they differ in meaning/content. I feel that an ACP is more personal/ thoughtful. Through Snapchat we tend to send irrelevant things such as photos of our food, us in the new filters, and so much more.
- 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?
I think ephemera is precious, but can be seem as trash to those who do not know its sentimental value. Overtime, ephemera can gain value. For example, a rare $2.00 bill can increase in value over time. My grandmas ticket from a century a go can mean something to me depending on its sentimental value. For example, what if when my grandma was getting that parking ticket while she was doing something historical. I feel that if I gave my grandkids my bracelet from Coachella they might feel that is cool and sentimental. They could also feel comforted when I pass that they have a piece of me. It could also remind them of all of the memories / stories I told them about what happened at Coachella.
- 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 feel that there is a difference. Paintings in museums are not as intimate/private as ACP’s. Through ACP you do not have to worry about censoring you feelings or your art. For example, through ACP you can write love letters or send controversial art without the fear of being criticized by the whole world.
- 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 feel that the time and effort does make a difference. I feel that even though sending and putting together an ACP takes longer, it is more thoughtful and sentimental. With an ACP you can physically keep what is in the package. Overtime, this can become something sentimental that you keep through generations. I feel that taking the time to actually think about what you are going to send to someone creates this deeper connection showing that you actually care for this person. Even though sending snaps is faster, they do not really carry the same value as an ACP. Sending a snap takes little thought, and does not really contain any substance. For example, in ACP you tailor your package to the interest of both you and the person you are sending the package too. Whereas, in snapchat you send random snaps just because.
- 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?
I think that taking the time to cook and physically taking time out of your day to make food for others is more sentimental than getting fast food. When you cook for someone you personally know, you tend to make the meal with love/ effort. This differs from fast food. I personally feel that fast food is not prepared with love, they kind of crank out food in an assembly line as fast as possible. I think an ACP carries the same kind of love as making a meal for someone you know. Both require time, preparation, thought, and love on some level.