Reconstructed existed at the edge of my peripheral vision when I first became a student at Governors State University. I wrote, but I let intimidation keep me from sending any pieces in. I finally submitted work for one semester, became involved as an editor at the beginning of my senior year at the request of Dr. White, and accepted the position of editor-in-chief of this incredible journal in the last semester of my college career. Joining the ranks of Reconstructed was the best decision I have ever made. The team of students running this journal as the GSU semesters march on is nothing short of amazing. We are constantly revising, reinventing, and overcoming obstacles to keep the heart of this organization beating. Reconstructing ourselves to meet the challenges head on and keep the creativity alive and well is a challenge we revel in. It is not always glamorous, but it is unifying, and validating when the artistic community within GSU meets us halfway.
The act of creating is a process that has long been glorified, romanticized, and considered a feat only accomplished by a select, special few bestowed with the art gene, if such a thing exists. Those who actively create, however – whether it is in the form of painting, sketching, photography, writing, what have you – will tell you it is not any of those things. It is hard, grueling work. It is matching up the images and words in your head with what your hands can do, and that kind of work is long, frustrating, and filled with fitful stops and starts. Mystifying the process of creating only serves to alienate those who would have written that story or published that art piece, but were too afraid because they assumed that the end products seen in literary magazines, art galleries, and novels looked that way to begin with.
That is a lie.
The sort of lie that keeps the art and literary community of GSU a hidden gem, buried under what-if’s and self doubt. The kind that kept me from initially submitting. First efforts are never the best ones, but through revision, reconstructing, and enough imagination and hard work, something beautiful can come of it. Something to be proud of.
To the writers and the artists wandering the halls of Governors State, creating in secret and silence – we see you. Give us a chance to let everyone else see you, too. Nothing is more empowering than seeing your work in print: let us be your starting point.