Charlotte Forstall

This website is part blog, part portfolio, part visual souvenirs of my trips and travels, some associated with my research, some not. Art historian by trade, I am an intrepid traveler, quilter, crafter, cat lover, and voracious reader of (mostly) bad fiction.

I love being at home, but I love experiencing all things new (to me) whether it’s a new local or a new book. At the same time, I’m an avid re-reader and re-visiter…there’s comfort in the familiar. This duality definitely proves frustrating at times and difficult to navigate. How can I be both an adventurer AND a homebody?

Fortunately, I had some pretty great experiences that let me travel and learn. I received my PhD in Art History from Indiana University, Bloomington. My research focuses on the Roman monumental arch — one of the most popular and enduring monumental forms from antiquity. My PhD research took me all over Italy, France, Croatia, as well as shorter trips to Germany, Denmark, Greece, and England in 2015, 2017, and 2018. In 2019, I returned to Italy to teach “Art and Culture in Southern Italy” for Indiana University’s College Abroad program in Salerno, Italy. I’ve been grounded since the pandemic, but I can’t wait to recommence traveling.

This website is largely without thesis. Most of my posts will touch on things that I care about in one way or another, connected to travel, reading, art history, crafting, but then one day, I might decide to write an ode to one of my favorite musical artists Cardi B or why I think the Real Housewives franchises is one of the most important cultural zeitgeists of the 21st century.

© Charlotte Forstall, 2019