Julia Chatterjee


Audra Skuodas
Vibrational Conscilience, 2005
Color serigraph
Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta


What drew you to this particular piece?

First, I liked its size. I also noticed that it matched the color scheme of my section of my room. The pale pink and evergreen lines matched my “Grand Budapest Hotel” poster also hanging on my wall.

How did you choose where to display the piece?

I hung it above my desk. In my bedroom at home, my walls are a mosaic of hung items ranging from postcards to a thrifted tennis racket. The wall above my desk is a continuation of this practice. Displaying it among my own posters made the piece feel truly incorporated into my room.

How does the piece interact with your space?

The piece definitely draws people’s attention, but it also makes sense among the items in the room. Its presence in my dorm is similar to the one it had in the gallery when I first saw: it blends in, but once you spot it, it stands out.

What has your experience been like living with the artwork? 

Living with the artwork has been a source of inspiration for me. I did some research on the artist, Audra Skuodas, and the ideas behind her work are very intriguing. She portrays the concept of vibrational vulnerability: the invisible phenomenal of incremental cause and effect. Living with this art has introduced me to new ideas that I otherwise would not have encountered.

Do you think that its presence has an effect on you personally?

I watched a video where Skuodas compared art to science because they both are pushing boundaries. I have always been interested in the humanities and the arts, and at a place like MIT, I was nervous I would only focus on technical subjects. I have been happily surprised that there are so many opportunities here that highlight the intersection between science and art. Skuodas’s work helped me locate my interest in these crossroads.

Has the piece had any effect on visitors when they enter your space?

I am very proud that I was lent this piece, so I often point it out to people. The precision and colors within the work create an abstract piece that leaves a lot up to interpretation. I see it as being inspired by the female figure, and this often sparks conversation among my visitors.

What has been most exciting for you in having a professional art work in your living space?

The most exciting part for me has been the trust that having professional art work implied. When I picked up my piece, I literally walked into the museum and took it off of the wall. At most museums, censored wires prevent you from simply standing too close to a piece of art.

What advice would you give to other students hoping to participate in the Student Lending Art Program in the future?

You should totally participate in the Student Lending Art Program. There are so many great pieces that can make dorms feel more like home and inspire new relationships with art. Look for a piece that you personally connect with or find interesting.