Sunday, August 19, 2018

Art Remix 2
Melissa Grajeda

I couldn't find a big enough photo in any of my magazines, so I decided to search on line. When I was doing some research I looked up over populated areas. This was a pretty good photo (minus the bad print quality). In this photo you can see a huge beautiful river down the middle, but there are so many buildings surrounding it. In my art remix I took away the buildings and added more wildlife. Living in such an urban setting, it's rare to find natural habitats around.

Reimagined Future

Erin Conway’s Media Art Remix

The image I chose to remix was captured by Juan Arredondo for Alma Guillermoprieto’s article The Healing of Colombia, depicting how Colombians are working to come together after their 52-year civil war. In the original image we see a small group of young Colombians with saxophones waiting for their music teacher. The yard around them is over grown, and the buildings behind them are shuttered and uninviting. In my remixed image I imagined what the yard could look like in the future with these creative young students following their passion and paving the way for generations to come. I added an abundance of natural scenery, rehabilitated the shabby buildings, and spruced up their seating area. This is the legacy I imagine these young Colombian’s might want to leave behind for their children to enjoy.

Original Image:
Juan Arredondo, The Healing of Colombia, National Geographic, January 2018, p. 75

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Remixed: Environmental Protector

Original Image Citation:
Family Circle Magazine
July 2018
Advertisement for Waterpik

Remixed by Eryn Burke
August 18, 2018

I picked this original image because I saw the boy being a protector. I did not want him to stop the water but rather stop all of the pollution, climate change and man made structures encroaching on their current and future environments. 

We say that these kids are the future, the next generation. I also wanted to show that kids can make a change. They are smart and kind young minds regardless of their age. 

Our environment is losing green space. They are no longer expected but rather a sanctuary when we can find them. We are losing single family homes and small town neighborhoods because of condos and high rises. Animals are endangered and our climate is facing critical issues. People have such an increased level of greed and the desire for more running through their veins. 

This young boy is simply saying stop. Stop taking more than what you need. Stop hurting our environment. Stop hurting the animals instead of helping. Stop taking away our clean rivers, our open fields, our dirt roads and green spaces. 

Mystic river -remix 2 Stephanie Mckay

Original image photographed by Xavi Gordo for EllE magazine August 2018 Issue No. 396
article Sunsport pg 158

Remix entitled Mystic River by Stephanie Mckay 

Nature is mystical and magical to me. I wanted to capture the colors I saw and the tranquil feelings I felt walking along the Mystic river in summertime. During the summer the trees reflect the light of the sun. Along the bottom you can see people enjoying the view about to jump in I wanted to show man in harmony with nature but also the threat man causes in nature because of the pollution as you can see plastic garbage in the upper left corner.  We must be conscious and deliberate with our actions or else the river will overflow due to our destruction of it.  This is a statement about the beauty of nature and our relationship with it. 

Friday, August 17, 2018


The original image here depicts a structure being ravaged by the wildfires in Northern California. While the devastation shown is upsetting, I also feel that it speaks of strength, hope, and opportunity. The fire shape reminds me of two things: first, the outline of Cape Cod, and second, the fist that has come to represent the "Resist" movement. In remixing this image, I wanted to send a message to the people affected by the wildfires that New England is sending well wishes and strength during this frightening time. Therefore, I used brown napkins, tissue paper, and paint to create this piece so that remnants of the fire still peak through the materials. We will never forget the wildfires, but Northern California will harness the power of the Earth and work with it to rebuild both natural and man-made structures, like the tree and the bridge I have outlined, and experience rebirth. My hope is that once the wildfires are extinguished, the people affected will be able to overcome their adversity and hardship to create a place that is stronger than ever before.

Original Image Citation: Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP. (2017, October 11). Featured in the Washington Examiner digital magazine in an article entitled "California wildfires force Congress to consider funding reforms" by Josh Siegel. Retrieved from

Remixed by Allison Russell  

Power Struggle

Artist: Hilary Sugg
Original Image Citation: Carol Guzy. "Power Struggle". Published in National Geographic Magazine (July 2018).

With Puerto Rico still struggling mightily after Hurricane Maria, thousands of the island's inhabitants still lack electricity and other basic amenities. Carol Guzy's photo captures the current needs of the island against the backdrop of what many used to imagine: blue-skied beaches in paradise. For my remix, I took the peaceful skies and built something different around it: a thriving ecosystem and an economy to support even the youngest generation of Puerto Ricans. A plane overhead and bolero hats resting on tree branches symbolize iconic Puerto Rican tourism, coupled with a kite that flies above, emblematic of leisure enjoyed from the center of San Juan to the far-out reaches of Vieques. Next to the mother and daughter reads "Power para los Puertorriquenos", a bilingual message of hope and solidarity for Puerto Ricans in this time of crisis.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Long Way to Go

The original image is a "Coors Light" add I saw in a magazine. I was immediately struck by the adventurous nature of the add considering it was promoting an insanely generic and far from healthy or natural beer of all things. If anyone were to attempt to cross this bridge after drinking Coors Light, things probably wouldn't end too well. So, in my remix I kept the mountain/bridge image in black and white and then found a watch-head and the word "world" also in black and white. Representing the state our society is in currently in regards to how most people perceive the environment, and the aspect of time and being too busy to care, is reflected in the dark clock, dark mountain, and the dark font of the word "world." Embarking on this journey towards changing our perspective on nature is the girl with the backpack, and the image gets progressively more colorful and full of natural images as it goes into the sky. The words "save the" has some color to help represent the progression of this journey towards a more natural life as well. The overall message of this piece is that we have a long way to go, but it is achievable for everyone to live sustainably and nurture and respect the planet we live on rather than take advantage of it.

Chelsea Kozikis 

Image: Coors Light advertisement
Source: Shape Magazine
Issue Date: June 2018