A Tribute to my Academic Achievement




Mixed Media: Two empty Bic pens, velvet, Styrofoam, wood

In my third year of Undergrad I was struggling with the decision of whether to complete my degree. I made this “Tribute to my Academic Achievement” as a potential substitute for a degree I might not earn. The two Bic pens were the actual pens I emptied in one semester of note-taking. I considered this an accomplishment in itself and found humor in mounting these inexpensive common plastic pens on velvet, in a gold shadow box. They took on an air of prestige and importance. Many people do not notice at first that the pens are void of ink. This element gives the piece a secret to hold: “What is it about these pens that makes them so special?” Only those who really ‘look-to-see’ will discover the clue.

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