“Maybe when you’re 22 you’ll understand. #liberalartsgirl,” tweets popular twitter
The twitter began as a joke but has become an Internet voice for an enclave of arts
students grappling with feelings of grandeur and simultaneous hopelessness.
With graduating classes growing in size and jobs dwindling, our generation has
embraced the art of self-branding. New social media platforms like Facebook,
Twitter, Tumblr, and Flavors.me make it easier than ever to feel like the next
A recent graduate of a liberal arts school in Los Angeles, I returned home to my
parent’s house in Prospect Heights eager to avoid the nausea of a post-grad year. On
May 17th, my first night home, I proclaimed loudly that by the end of June I would
have a job and an apartment of mine own.
I did just that. I found myself a position as gallery coordinator at gallery 307 and
an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with 3 roommates. Perhaps it’s a C grade
version of working at Gagosian and owning a Tribeca Loft, but my life nonetheless.
gallery 307 is a program of The Carter Burden Center for the Aging with a mission
to give a voice and wall to New York City’s reemerging artists, namely artists over
the age of 60. This is how we came to work with The Grand Assembly.
When I was asked to write a post for the blog I considered many angles. What I
came to was the notion of life moments. As I struggle to find my ground and voice
as a new artist, I have found myself in a world with artists 60 years my elder but in
Yes, their struggles are flowered with better stories, more experiences, and more
wisdom but when you boil it down we’re all just trying to adapt, learn, and create
So perhaps, in a way, the beauty of being an artist and telling your stories is you’re
forever a 22-year-old Liberal Arts Girl.
More about me here: http://www.flavors.me/SoniaJLessuck.