Artist of the Issue – Analia del Bosque

By Naomi Primero ’13

If you were to pass the giant cow welcoming you to Hampson’s dorm and follow the arrows pointing down the hall towards the prefects’ rooms, you would find the many artworks of Analia Del Bosque brightening the room of their creator.  From the ceramics to the tasteful arrangement of the drawings and paintings on the walls, Analia’s room reveals only a hint of her remarkable talent and life passion—visual arts.

When provoked to thinking about her artistic beginnings, Analia immediately thinks of finger painting in kindergarten.  The elementary arts and crafts we all have had to struggle with left Analia with more than the ability to cut in a straight line.  She says, “I just loved the actions…[of] putting stuff together.”  From the classroom, she thus took her newfound love back to her home, where she quickly located the seemingly inexhaustible supply of construction paper and markers.  While most kids her age were watching the Saturday morning cartoons, Analia would descend into her basement to draw, paint, and color.  Although coloring books were a classic favorite, Analia also found the creative freedom of plain white paper just as intriguing.  Over the years, she would get her mother to add to her collection of art materials in the basement.  Although she didn’t have the most diverse pick of media available to her, she painted on coarser paper, drew, and did with whatever was accessible.  As she cultivated her artistic spirit at home, back at school she joined the art club, which she says “wasn’t very intense” but a club whose membership she still enjoyed.  In fourth grade, she took the art classes out of the various programs the local park offered.

Despite all of her previous self-driven experience with art, Analia claims that she truly didn’t know how to draw, paint or take photos before arriving atGroton.  Here Analia gained access to various materials, techniques, and teachers who knew art and dedicated their lives to art.  Faced with the many interesting visual art courses offered, she thought, as she says, “why wouldn’t I take art each term if I could?”  So she did.  In the classroom alone, she tried many media that she hadn’t worked with before.  In III form, she took Visual Studies, in which she experienced making ceramics for the first time.  As a IV former, she tried photography in Photo I and II in addition to taking a drawing workshop.  Last year, she painted in another workshop and pursued photography once more with the digital imaging class.

Analia’s work was recognized even early in her time atGroton.  In III form, the Lower School Art Prize was awarded to Analia.  “That prize was better than my grade average or anything else,” she says, recalling the moment, “It was definitely one of my highlight moments atGroton.”

Just as when she brought art from school into her basement, Analia has taken her talent beyond theArtCenterinto the community.  In addition to her ever-changing, ever-captivating wall decorations, she co-designed V form fundraiser tote bags and, as a Designer for the V form group Events, the Events shirts worn to the dance.  This year, many students and faculty members who walk through Hampson’s dorm are amazed by the clever Ben & Jerry’s ice cream decorations designed mainly by Analia.  (The cow on the front door of the dorm was also an Analia work.)

Besides the decorations in Hampson’s, Analia has planned for another year of delving into art.  While she is currently taking a painting course, she is tentatively planning to do ceramics FSA in the winter.  In her last term atGrotonthis spring, she hopes to try printmaking, a medium she hasn’t yet experienced and a course she has been attempting to wrestle in her schedule since IV form.

Having worked in several types of media already, Analia talks about the different materials to determine her favorite.  Her love for photography eminent by her positions on yearbook and the Circle Voice as associate editor and chief photography editor respectively, Analia enjoys taking images thoroughly.  She likes photo-editing to an extent, for she really loves concrete material.  Though she enjoyed learning about ceramics, the material is too chalky for her tastes.  Thus, she chooses painting as her favorite medium.  It’s the most satisfying for her in that paint can overlap and be a continuous work.  She says, “I love the layers of paint, the smell of paint, the feeling of stray paint on fingers.”

Among the many works Analia has done throughout her years on and off the Circle, there is one piece that particularly speaks to her as being a representation of herself and her work.  Analia herself shows me the large drawing.  Charcoal lines depict a girl in a crumpled jacket.  The girl seems to have just looked up from her walk at the artist.  Though Analia says that the girl is not meant to be the artist, she points out the “touches” of herself that she added into the drawing—the butterfly necklace hanging from the necks of both the charcoal girl and artist and the twin bands encircling their wrists.  During a particularly meditative IV form winter, Analia spent about three weeks completing the artwork.

Such as that charcoal drawing, Analia often works on artwork that rises from thoughtfulness and times of personal hardship.  One day after a frustrating chemistry test in IV form, Analia went straight to theArtCenter.  With the pastels and red hat that Mrs. Emerson handed to her, she drew to the special art mix CD on repeat for two hours.  “It’s one thing to have a class,” she says, “It’s another to turn to something for comfort.  Art is my little stress reliever.”  Whenever she’s worried or sad, Analia simply draws and paints.

With her once-every-term relationship and experience with art, Analia is not planning to major in art.  She explains, “I think—I hope—that everyone has something to go to make them feel safe.  Art is my comfort zone and I don’t want to lose that.”  So, Analia hopes to find a college that allows her to take art classes freely without requiring her to major in art.  Most interestingly, Analia doesn’t consider herself an artist.  She explains that to her, art is a hobby and safe haven.  “I don’t think I’ll ever think of myself as an artist,” she says, “but I’ll always have art to be grounded.”  Analia says she can see herself at 50 years old, still going to the basement on a Saturday morning to create again.

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