Shea Reynolds, BA Senior Exhibition in Drawing

The Art of the Seven Deadly Sins

Shea Reynolds, BA Senior Exhibition in Drawing
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 Shea Reynolds's BA Senior Exhibition Portfolio, The Art of the Seven Deadly Sins, are 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: This body of  work uses self-portraiture in a series of drawings to explore personal experiences with substance abuse and my process of recovery. Graphite drawings are created that personify the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Greed, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth, and their character defects. For example, the defect of jealousy is a product of envy, manipulation is greed, neglect is sloth, and retaliatory is anger. As a recovered addict, I have made a "searching and fearless moral inventory" in order to recognize my character defects brought on by substance dependency (Alcoholics Anonymous). I have overcome this empty lifestyle and embraced the liberation of sobriety. As a result, I create art with memories of the pain of substance abuse and the beauty of the life that I have now. This series is a way to heal and grow as an artist whose creativity is no longer controlled by substance abuse.