Kelsey Walker, BA Senior Exhibition in Photography

Swan Song

Kelsey Walker, BA Senior Exhibition in Photography
December 5 – December 15, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Highsmith Union
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Several pieces of Kelsey Walker's BA Senior Exhibition portfolio, Swan Songare included in the BA Senior Group Exhibition along with ten other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward a bachelor of arts degree in art.

Artist Statement:
I was eight when my grandmother, Sue, and I started taking horseback-riding lessons together; she was 63. I have since left that world of competitive walk, trot, and canter; however, the horse has been the foundation to the exceptional bond we still possess. My grandparents had traveled all over the world throughout their fifty-six-year marriage, yet Paris remained her favorite place and they returned several times. This past summer at the age of 80 my grandmother returned to France for the World Equestrian Games. It was the first time in decades, and the first time without my grandfather, but this time she took me, and it was my turn to discover France for the first time. I documented our unforgettable trip with black and white film, which I felt was the only way to capture the essence and crux of France, a country frozen in time.

“Swan Song” comes from a proverb in ancient Greece that told a story of a gentle swan performing a beautiful yet extravagant song just before its death. Today, “swan song” is used as a metaphor representing the last great effort or event. For my grandmother, this was her last big trip, her last effort to make it count and stay young at heart, and her final visit to Paris. This is my grandmother’s grand finale as a farewell to France; this is her Swan Song.--Kelsey Walker