By Jarrad Davis ’09
The 2008 Senior Art Exhibition, which runs through May 9, displays the work of six seniors whose art provides viewers with the opportunity to reflect, and see the world through the eyes of the artist.
The charcoal on paper self portraits of Jamie Bane show the vast range of human emotion as each portrait reflects a different moment taken from her life. Bane says that the process of staring into a mirror for long lengths of time was a, “haunting and emotional experience.” She hopes that her work will provide viewers with the opportunity to reflect upon their lives in the same way that staring into a mirror has allowed her to reflect upon her own life.
Kristy Walter’s work also hopes to allow for a similar moment of reflection. Her silhouettes made from cut paper purposefully leave out details so that the viewer may project their own emotions into the piece. “My work is about appreciating human emotions and their flexibility.” Walter says, “I am fascinated when people can change their emotions in an instant.”
Charles Eppley uses oil and acrylic on canvas to create pieces of swirling color and form. These modern, untitled creations leave the viewer guessing as to what Eppley means to convey. However, the contrasting and varying colors of Eppley’s work allow the viewer to interpret each piece for themselves thereby drawing their own conclusions and deriving their own meaning.
Moving from work dealing with interpretation of the viewer toward expression of the artist, Brittany Wildman’s ceramic birds convey the many roles of her inspiration—her brother. Wildman says that birds are, “known as guardians, mischief makers, omens of good and bad fortune, and symbols of love,” Wildman says that her brother also, “played each of these roles.”
The works that probably stand out most to viewers are Emily English’s mixed media creations. These pieces—formed by elements such as wads of handmade paper, wax, and thread—mean to represent something familiar in a different way and to show, “the fragility and strength of our natural world, and even ourselves.”
The oil on canvas paintings by Charles Fremont also examine human strength, and for that matter, human existence in its entirety. As an art and psychology double major, Fremont is interested in how the “Other” is treated by society and his work reflects this by showing moments when the “Other” is oppressed. Fremont says that he is, “concerned for these ‘outcasts’ who have been effectively shunned for not meeting the demands of their society.”
The 2008 Senior Art Exhibition can be found in the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery located at 1200 Winrock Dr. Hiram, Ohio 44234. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday.