As they prepare for graduation, senior studio art majors are also putting the final touches on the pieces they have created for their capstone experience — the annual senior exercise exhibition in the Gund Gallery, opening Monday, April 24.
A reception from 5 to 8 p.m. kicks off the exhibition, which continues until May 20.
“It’s been really fun to dedicate so much time to doing what I love,” said Ella Jones ’17 of Arlington, Virginia, “but it’s also stressful because I want my work to be the very best that it can be.”
The pieces featured in this year’s exhibition range, thematically, from the tragic “27 Club” (a group of musicians, artists and actors who all died at age 27) and drug addiction and overdose, to the fabrication of memory and the unexpected beauty of tedium.
Jones has created a trio of large-scale drawings (in graphite and pastel) that address the theme of female adolescence, and the transition from childhood to adulthood, through depictions of a girl and her doll in various life stages. “Oftentimes, lines are drawn too dramatically between stages in life, and you sort of have to transition into being an adult faster than you are ready to,” she explained.
Truda Silberstein ’17 of West Tisbury, Massachusetts, chose the medium of video to delve into the dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship. Her installation, she wrote in her artist’s statement, “encapsulates the dueling nature of comfort and claustrophobia that the mother and child bring. ...The mother figure is all-powerful and all creating; but the daughter, too, has the power of transformation.”
Participating in this year’s exhibition are the following seniors:
Also on display in the gallery is “True Confessionals,” a body of work featuring confessional booths in Italy by Professor of Art Marcella Hackbardt, who received the 2017 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in photography for the series.
The Gund Gallery is open from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday,Wednesday and Friday; 1-10 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. To learn more, call 740-427-5969.