“Birth of an Intellect”
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This piece, completed in wax colored pencils, was born out of my personal reflection of Montagne's Essays. In reading his reason, his emotions, his values, his moments and moods, I realized how complicated in aim and in nature self-examination really is. Montagne’s testament of consciousness candidly expresses the melancholy implicit within intellectuality, and the delirium of narcissism that I have felt in so many moments...This necessity of suffering in order to reach awareness has resonated the most within me. This is the essence of the “inner life,” where being “born” intellectually, or seeking that birth, means a revival through no other than the quiet pain of solitude. Nevertheless, the colors in this piece were intended to depict that there is brilliance beyond the darkling.. Having understood this nature of consciousness, and having felt the energy of self investment, it is now clear to me that there is no other way to live; where everything else outside of intellectual curiosity has been painted destitute, plastic, and so hollow. The “Birth of the Intellect” is the birth that makes me feel alive, it is the birth that catalyzes all virtue, it is the birth I want to experience over and over again.
Gabriella Zacarias, 20, is a first year student here at Columbia College. Before coming to New York, she lived in South Florida, but was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Here at Columbia, she is a Kluge Scholar, and is pursuing a major in Neuroscience and Economics.