Toby Kobayashi '10

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Sculpting A Life

Rodin said, "Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated." This receptivity to the rich waverings of existence necessitates an awareness of and appreciation for environment and the tangled forms it takes. Senior fine arts major Toby Kobayashi is concerned with wrangling these forms into new interpretations.

The most ephemeral of these forms is identity. Born in Nara, an ancient capital of Japan and its first urban center, Toby is a twin and one of three daughters of an American mother and Japanese father. She grew up from Japan to Canada and Maine, existing in the tension between West and East. She says, “In Japan they call people like me half, like I was half-Japanese and half-American and not fully either. I struggled with that.”

Running the gamut from drawing to painting, photography to sculpture, Toby’s art has evolved through many mediums, and was greatly informed by the massive scale and intricate detail of the ancient temples of Nara. “My parents often brought me to look at the old temples, and I revisit them every time I go back to pay them respect,” she says. She was at first an environmental studies major active on the College’s Cerridwen Farm, but slowly migrated to fine art courses. She took her fondness for the farm with her, and livestock figure prominently in her work. “The cow’s anatomy is facinating,” she says with a wide-eyed smile.

Conscious of her impending graduation, Toby feels all the movement in her childhood has transferred into an adult restlessness, and is still figuring out where her studies will take her. “I feel like I can’t settle down. I want to keep going on. It’s kind of haunting me,” she says, pulling at her sleeve. “But I love Vermont.”

By Ryan Dixon '11

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WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Energy Healing
1 - 4 p.m., Wellness Center

African Dance
5 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Belly Dancing
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Annette Smith
6 p.m., Terrace 124

Claire Sandrock
7 p.m., East Room

GreenMAP Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Forum: The Future of Energy
in Vermont

6 p.m., East Room

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Meditation
6:00 - 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Spirituality Club
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Brian Brushwood
9 p.m., The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
GreenMAP Road Bike Ride
Meet at 5 p.m., Brennan Circle

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m, Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Yoga
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Cuddle Party Workshop
2 - 5:30 p.m., The Gorge

GRE Study Session
4 - 5 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Ecology Study Group
5 - 6 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Shakti Tribal Belly Dance (advanced)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Spanish Study Group
6:30 - 7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Sexpo
7 p.m., The Gorge

Tribal Dance (beginners)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
8:30 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Feedforth Video Conference
8:30 - 10:45 p.m., Terrace 124

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Wellness Fair
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall

Yoga
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1:30 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Intro to Geology Study Group
7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Feedforth Video Conference
8:30 - 10:45 p.m., Terrace 124

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Mark McPeek
4 p.m., Location TBA

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

GMC Community & Concert Band
Fall Concert

7:30 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Goldworld Band
9 p.m., The Gorge

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Thanksgiving Feast
2 - 4 p.m., East Room

GMC Cantorion Performance
4 p.m., Feick Fine Arts Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Spanish Study Group
9 - 10 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center



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