Five Seniors Featured in Senior Art Exhibition at Jundt Art Museum | New
There are a total of five artists featured in the Senior Art Show this year, all of whom have multiple pieces on display throughout the studio. For some of them, this show is the culmination of more than a year of work.
“It feels like a grand finale,” said Megan Rusby, a senior art major who is featured in the exhibit.
One of the paintings that Rusby decided to feature was his abstract style painting called “Sole”, which is just over 3 feet long.
She combines colors like pink, red, and green to create a fused look that contrasts with a rectangular white bar in the middle of the canvas. Alongside this piece is his series of small abstract paintings and a painting titled “Morning”.
Rusby described how her use of bright colors and patterns was very representative of her personality. It was important to her, she said, because this show was a chance for her to truly express herself as an artist and a person.
“I’m very proud of the pieces I put in the exhibit because throughout my art career in college, high school, and university, I felt like I was always making art for a duty, but this time I got to see what I wanted to do without any limits,” Rusby said. “It was an opportunity to show just me without any other influences.”
For this exhibition, artists can choose from any of their artwork they have completed from 400 level classes up to this point during their time at GU.
Shannon Law, a fine arts student, chose to include work she had done primarily in the past four months.
She said her work in the exhibit focused on themes of lineage and genealogy.
This includes a series called “Torn”, which is a collection of pieces called “An Impossible Decision” and “Fetal Heartbeat”. The latter is a monotype depicting the pattern of a heartbeat as it would appear on a monitor, and the former is a large encaustic panel with dark, somber female figures and the heartbeat superimposed over the images.
Law said that for this series she wanted to focus on her identity as an adopted child and explore her birth mother’s story and what she went through.
Other works in his section include a panel called “Cross Section” of a 362-year-old family tree and another monotype called “Homeland.”
“When people look at my art, I want them to feel the emotions I’m trying to express,” Law said. “I want them to look at their own relationships in their lives and reflect on them like I did.”
Brang Henry Dee, a senior art specialist in the show, felt this was an opportunity for him to advocate for change through his art. Its section of the exhibition included a series of paintings showing different animals killed by motor vehicles, as well as lifelike ceramic sculptures of sea animals suffering from plastic pollution.
Dee’s section of the exhibit is the only one to incorporate an audio soundtrack which is played in the background alongside his work. This included sounds of car crashes, as well as sea noises to mimic the environments he depicts in his work.
According to him, the message he wanted to convey to viewers was that there is a serious problem of wildlife being harmed by human encroachment on nature.
“I know it can be uncomfortable to watch,” Dee said. “I was inspired to believe that artists can create change in society.”
Another elderly person featured in the exhibit is Opheila Duncan, who was the creator of the life-size human figures made from newspapers and plastic wrap, a medium she has recently begun working with. Several sculptures were scattered in space in various positions, each a different part of its series.
According to his artist statement, the sculptures are meant to invite viewers into a more interactive experience with his art. She also said they were an important part of her collection because they showed her adaptability as an artist.
Alongside these sculptures, Duncan had paintings such as “A Soul, Your Soul”, “Entering I”, and “Entering II”, displayed along the walls. She stated in her artist statement that she draws inspiration from surrealist artists and focuses on themes related to human emotion.
Next to Duncan’s art on the walls were pieces by Brianna M. Bruce. In Bruce’s art, she touches on a wide range of subjects.
Among his works on display are an oil pastel drawing entitled “Self Portrait” and a series of pieces done in black ink on Stonehenge paper, called “The Crow and Vase”, “The Crow and Vase (color) “, “Morning Boo”. and “Hansel & Gretel”. Other drawings include his “We Will Not be Silent” and “Blue Jay’s Songs” sketches, as well as his oil pastel entitled “Father Dearest”.
According to Bruce’s artist statement, she was artistically inspired by animation growing up and now wants to make a career out of it. She has stated that her work aims to bring art to life through her illustrative imagination.
This exhibition will be presented at GUUAC until May 7, and the gallery is open to the public on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.