Yatong Tian

On Boredom

Class of: 2023

Major: Illustration BFA

Medium: Digital Drawing, essay/poem

Faculty: Audra Wolowiec (Studio), Casey Haymes (Seminar)

Prompt: This project is in response to our new realities, we will be shifting the focus to allow current place and circumstance to emerge and inspire our processes. We will utilize the diversity of locations and experiences to respond to the theme of distance, through asking this question: from a distance, what do we notice that we've already seen? This final project will ask you to creatively develop your findings in an individual "chapter" that will be combined into one digital publication, to be printed as an online publication. Dimensions of the pages will be the same (and decided soon!) but each "chapter" will have it's own look and feel, and will be created individually using the program InDesign.

Integrative Studio

Integrative Seminar

Quarantine has brought me a new perspective of viewing the passing time. Back then when I was attending school regularly, time was a thing that I always needed to pursue: I needed to get to class on time, catch the train on time, and turn in homework on time… Everyday is a rush, yet so regular and on track. During quarantine, I got to feel a different mood of passing time. Or in other words, I truly experienced that no matter if you do things or not, time will pass at the same speed. I felt nervous when I realized this fact, yet, at the same time overwhelmed by boredom. At the beginning of my quarantine life, I was a mass. I slept around 3 am in the morning and woke up around noon. And during the days I was always busy dealing with boredom. I lost the sense of time because of it. I fall into a loop of filling my emptiness with different kinds of entertainment while gaining more emptiness in the end. I’m trying to describe the feeling of being bored through this project.