The Near-Sighted Monkey
Angel Lee, 2013
Final project for “The Unthinkable MInd” class taught by Lynda Barry, University of Wisconsin Madison
Page from a hand-made book, watercolor, ink, glue, text, tape

Angel Lee, 2013

Final project for “The Unthinkable MInd” class taught by Lynda Barry, University of Wisconsin Madison

Page from a hand-made book, watercolor, ink, glue, text, tape

Professor Old Skull (aka Lynda Barry) takes attendance for the last Unthinkable Mind Class on May 13, 2013.

Photos by Angela Richardson

Some of The Unthinkable Mind Students and their final projects.

Photographed at The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on May 13, 2013 by Angela Richardson

Images from The Unthinkable Mind’s Ebony “Frontal Lobe” Flowers’ final project which was an illustrated collection of short autobiographical stories.

Unthinkable Mind Student, Natalie DeCheck [AKA Brain Stem] with her book in the form of a board game. She’s graduating this week with a major in both genetics and creative writing.

Students in The Unthinkable Mind wrote over 40,000 words this semester, by hand, and drew hundreds of pictures, but everyone in the class knows that Natalie went beyond all expectations, and this is why Professor Old Skull has crowned her class valedictorian. Because. She. Is. AWESOME.

Photo by “What It Is” alum, Angela Richardson

Unthinkable Mind Student Medulla Oblongata / Jake Kelley’s final project, an illustrated story written by hand in tiny letters on one large sheet of paper. The book comes with a large magnifying glass. The story made Professor Old Skull cry.

Photo by Angela Richardson at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Who are the students in The Unthinkable Mind? Here they are posing with Professor Old Skull and all of the composition notebooks they filled this semester. Missing are classmates Pons, Spinal Cord and Corpus Callosum.
Photo by “What It Is” alum, Angela Richardson

Who are the students in The Unthinkable Mind? Here they are posing with Professor Old Skull and all of the composition notebooks they filled this semester. Missing are classmates Pons, Spinal Cord and Corpus Callosum.

Photo by “What It Is” alum, Angela Richardson

Here is a poem Professor Old Skull wrote for her students during The Unthinkable Mind class.

Here are some of the illustrations Brain Stem was working on during The Unthinkable Mind Studio Hours on Saturday and Sunday. Professor Old Skull is a huge fan of Brain Stem’s drawings. She’s about to graduate, majoring in Genetics and Creative Writing.

What it looked like on Saturday during the Unthinkable Mind Studio Hours in 6261 Humanities

First three pictures: Motor Cortex, Limbic System and Amygdala finishing their books. “What It Is” alum Dawn Wing dropped by to work on her book along with us.

What goes on during The Unthinkable Mind studio hours? Here is Hippocampus finishing the illustrations for her book. Ink and watercolor on plain old notebook paper.

During the second to the last Unthinkable Mind class, cellist Mark Bridges comes to practice something he was trying to figure out while we worked on figuring out how to finish our books.

The Unthinkable Mind students read comics during class. They also eat candy. They also wrote 40,000 words by hand this semester and did an uncountable number of drawings.

Song:  Nobody   Hodges James Smith and Crawford 1972

Source: The great http://soulmusicsongs.tumblr.com/

Dear Unthinkable Mind Students,

We are going to have a good week together! It’s going to feel like this song sounds. Have you been worried about your book? Projects like this often come together in a completely unexpected way but you may not know what I mean until it happens to you. A surprise presents itself and you follow it and as you work it keeps surprising you. And that is the thing that will help you finish. You’ll want to chase it down until you can run along side it.

This  ‘surprising thing’ that seems to happen in an instant(— often right about the time we are sure it’s all actually horrible—) can only happen after spending the amount of time you all have spent learning and practicing this way of working, this Unthinkable Mind thing, whatever it might be. I am so happy to watch all of your books starting to bloom at once. Pictures from an expedition.

Love,

Professor Old Skull.

Unthinkable Mind Class #23 Handout