Courtney McDaniel: BFA Exhibition in Painting

Within Quiet: An Exploration of the Introvert Interior

When: April 14 - 25, 2017
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public

Artist Statment

This exhibition aims to visually express the innate differences between introversion and extroversion, while simultaneously revealing the contrast in how the two temperaments communicate. There is a focused exploration of the introverted temperament and general quietness. The lines, gashes, and thick applications of texture reveal the internal emphaticism of introversion; which is often masked with a quiet demeanor. These paintings work to reveal that an expression of a quiet persona is not equitable to a silent interior.

As an introvert, practicing art making is the most fundamental form of communicating thoughts and understanding feelings. Creating work through paint provides the opportunity for personal growth and the ability to develop a deeper sense of self-cognizance. Throughout the development of these pieces my work has shifted to a more personal direction. While I am inherently quiet, it has become apparent that certain events, especially from childhood, have caused a maintenance of reticence. These paintings have become chances to confront individual experiences that allow me to grow on an interpersonal level and develop a deeper sense of self as I work through them. Painting serves as my visual pathway for expressing emotions, thoughts, and ideas when verbal articulation is not satisfactory method for relaying information. Creating visual art is my personal way of communicating not only with others, but also with myself.