Pencil & ink drawings, digital art and essays on varied art & cultural phenomena. Welcome to heilaura, I write, I draw and live life somewhere in between!

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The Unfortunate Case of Art, Science and Innovations

It’s been two years since Pearl closed, and I barely learned of it today (in 2016!) after deciding to check out their website to see what’s up. I had the pleasure of visiting their famous store in New York in my early 20′s and I was in awe of Pearl, their name really embodies this historical landmark’s essence. Pearl was not just any art supply store, they were an experience, a multi-store artistic journey into the heart of creating. I am saddened by these already “old news”, and as an art education major on the borderline of finishing my studies, I…

Recommendation: “Terms and Conditions May Apply”. A Documentary on the Absence of Privacy.

I’m subscribed to a number of social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+… And probably a few more that I can’t even remember the names of. I’m not an avid poster, I may do one update a week, a few if the power of sharing really compels me, but I do use a good bit of time on following what fellow social networkers are up to on the aforementioned platforms; clicking, reading, sharing and liking. I spend even more time on the powerhouse search engine (that doesn’t need to be named for everyone to know which one I’m talking about)…

Born in 1984

George Orwell made year 1984 famous with his book that is similarly titled, and I can’t help but draw a connection between his story and the generation that was born around the 80’s and after. Orwell imagined a society in the late 40’s that would actualize itself in the lives of a whole generation in the world of today. It is no surprise that the sales of “Nineteen Eighty-four” went up by 7,000 percent on Amazon, when the reaches of the mass surveillance programs came to public light, but I have to wonder, have our attitudes already been re-educated to accept…

Perceiving reality in a house of mirrors

What you perceive on a daily basis builds the foundation for your reality, right? And those perceptions are pretty important while deciding what your next move is, whether it’s looking left and right and once more left before crossing the street, or choosing between the latest and possibly most hyped movies you wanna see at the theater. Depending on what you see and take away from it, you could get hit by a car or regret spending money on a movie ticket. (Or not.) But what if some of those perceptions were already rigged to begin with?  For example, ever…