In this edition of The Intern Files, we hear from Taylor Short. Taylor is fourth year Communications student at Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). This week Taylor completed her internship with us. Here is her blog post about her experience working in an art gallery for the first time.
In attempting to conceptualize the space of an art gallery, I typically picture paintings hanging on blank walls with people browsing through works as they please. My recent experience as an intern at the RMG has changed my perspective of the use of gallery spaces. I have come to the realization that art, and gallery spaces alike, are creative tools for gaining a better understanding of various environments.
Having the chance of exploring works within the gallery and working with individuals who share a passion for art has been an eye opening experience. It has been exciting to learn about artists, attention-grabbing mediums, and the messages associated with various creative pieces.
The RMG gift shop has been one of my areas of focus during my time as an intern at the gallery. Norah O’Donnell and I have enjoyed exploring exclusive products beautifully crafted by local artisans. It has been exciting to be educated about the ways in which pieces are crafted and developed, to create exclusively striking jewellery, pottery, glass ware, and fine art alike.
(Pictured: New artist finger puppet/magnets in the RMG shop)
Art has a curious way of reaching into the deepest corners of our imagination. It seeps into our souls and allows us to experience a simple sense of bliss. I hope that the rest of my time at the gallery continues to allow my imagination to be exhilarated.