Upcoming Senior Art Major Exhibitions

“Art is generally pretty personal,” Gewirtzman said.

These seniors have
each spent all semester, if not longer, pouring themselves into individual
projects that they must now display to peers, professors and strangers. Beyond
producing the art displayed, both the Pomona and Scripps art majors require
students design the exhibition, install their pieces, articulate their projects
in written artists’ statements and create publicity for the event.

For many of the artists, this final
act of putting their work—in a way, themselves—on display will be the most
challenging.

“Your work is very public and you can easily relapse into feeling
like you’re in one of those ‘naked in front of the audience’ kind of dreams,” John Harewood PO ’12 said. “I am a proponent of doing things you don’t
think you’re ready to do though. The challenge itself affords growth.” 

Harewood’s thesis is an untitled experiment with animation as a medium for
storytelling.

Though the thesis exhibition
challenges majors to present to the public, they are all experienced with the
process of sharing and reviewing each other’s work.

“Every piece you do goes up
on the wall and everybody talks about it,” Gewirtzman said. “I feel close to
the art majors. You have a long standing relationship with their work…. We all
sort of push each other.”

Gewirtzman’s
thesis, which draws from her childhood memories of specific physical spaces,
investigates the tension between internal and external worlds—how identity is
related to physical environments and how environments are abstracted into
psychological spaces.

She will be more than
prepared to display her thesis, having worked in the Smith Campus Center
gallery helping to install student shows.

“I like that side of thing,” she said.

Some seniors already have clear
plans for their art degrees. Alison Perry SC ’12 will be attending the
Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she plans to earn her post-baccalaureate B.S. in entertainment design before pursuing a career in film and video game
design. Her thesis, “Women and Video Games: Pigeonholing the Past,” examines
video games, feminist theory and female empowerment.

“Too many girls get discouraged from
playing video games, not because they’re inherently misogynistic, but because
feminism tells them they’re misogynistic. That’s not true at all,” Perry said.

Some, like Lauren Escobar SC
’12, anticipate careers in art administration and event planning. Escobar’s
thesis, titled “Sex on Plates,” investigates the long history that accompanies
erotic art. Others, like Krista Sharpe SC ’12, look forward to working in
galleries or museums. Sharpe’s thesis, “Awakening,” is an animated video
presented in a custom viewing spaces that incorporates charcoal drawing and
mixed media to show the story of a girl being created.

All of the art majors value their
experience studying and creating art, and intend to continue making art in some
capacity after college.

“Reflecting and expressing my
experiences of the world through art-making has become such a central part of
my life, I can’t imagine I would simply stop after I graduate,” Rose
Comaduran PO ’12 said.

Comaduran’s thesis, “Diptychs,” was
inspired by “an overall feeling of chaos and tension in my life,” and “a series
of very strange nightmares.”

For Lily Burgess SC ’12, an art
and psychology double major, art acts as a form of therapy, a mechanism through
which to explore her emotions and experiences.

“It is a way of processing for
me,” she said. “In the senior thesis work, I have been preparing to share something that
has been a very personal exploration. I have to own that level of intimacy and
accept my vulnerability as I display my work.”

Inspired by her semester abroad in
Denmark, Burgess’s thesis, “Gratitude Intervention,” has been both an artistic
and a personal exploration.

Every artist can relate to this
element of introspection. The revelation of the deeply personal will be a
major theme on display at Scatterfold
next week, and the
artists will surely appreciate their peers’ support at the event, which will open at 7 p.m. May 2. In case this disclosure of creativity and emotion is
not enough to entice you, refreshments and Saca’s Mediterranean food will also
be served at the opening.

The artists featured at Scatterflold will be Rose Comadurán, Dan
Falby, Aliyana Gewirtzman, John Harewood, Rachel Lee, Nicola Parisi, Jeff
Penprase, and theory friction practice, all PO ’12. Featured at “Comparisons are Odious” are Scripps artists Lily Burgess,
Lauren Escobar, Vivian Haesloop, Katherine Hegarty, Asia Morris, Allison Perry,
Michelle Plotkin, Lili Salzberg, Krista Sharpe and Tiffany Yau, all SC ’12.

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