Artwork Photo Shoot: Maryland Institute College of Art

"'Made In China,' an oil on gilded panel artwork by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student Jennifer Tam, is displayed Sunday, February 19, 2012 at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland."

I’ve been confined to the house and bedridden for the past five days, after I came down with a horrible sickness that came out of nowhere. It was miserable. Heavy cough, headache, chills, hot flashes, muscle soreness, and fatigue rendered me absolutely useless save watching “Pulp Fiction” and hours of CNN. I didn’t go to the doctor’s office, but based on my extensive medical knowledge (not), I’m diagnosing it as the flu. It was easily the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. 

Luckily that’s over, and now that I’m back to feeling close to 100 percent, I’m catching up on all my work from the past week. 

Last weekend, I was called in to do an artwork photo shoot for some of the Seniors at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. I consider myself more of a journalist than an artist, but shooting artwork is certainly a good skill to develop, so I was grateful for the opportunity. 

Documenting the portfolios of nearly twenty students made for a long, tiresome day, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The image you see above is a photograph of one in a series of works that were certainly the most challenging to shoot out of all the work from the day day, but in my opinion also among the most visually stimulating. 

It’s made with gold leaf, which I learned is quite difficult to do justice to in a photograph. We were able to get it right, though, after a bit of tinkering. The piece is by Jennifer Tam. To view more of her work, please visit