Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research (Studio Art)

Studio Art Participants

OWE 237

10:15-10:35a.m.—Crystal Moore
Trauma, Self-Preservation, and Manifestations in Art

The work of Crystal Moore is a complex combination of dark and light as well as circular and organic patterns. The after effects of sexual trauma sustained in childhood carried over into adult life overshadowing her every action. Human nature is to protect self whether automatically or purposefully, consciously or unconsciously. Moore spent a great part of her life hiding who and what she was from others and even herself. This is exhibited in the work by dark, lowly lit areas featuring crocheted items created to protect and hide. The light inside is reflective of who she is and what there is to offer others but has been carefully hidden and disguised. Circular patterns are indicative of protection and security and the organic patterns represent hope which Moore had always been able to hold on to. The body of work transitions from the dark areas into lighter, and ultimately to very light areas. This is representative of her attempt through her work to tear down the emotional walls she had built around herself, not only allowing the light in her to shine on others, but allowing the light of others to shine on her as well. Through the process of making art and studying both the meaning and therapeutic nature of art, Moore is able to discover things about herself that will lead to emotional healing.
(Sponsor: Tamie Beldue and Megan Wolfe)

10:35-10:55— Brittany Lynch Blosse
Daydreaming Revisited

Daydreams are moments in time when we become detached from our surroundings and escape to a visionary fantasy, typically filled with pleasurable thoughts, hopes, and desires. Research proves that daydreams encompass a similar foundation of positivity, even though they vary from person to person. While daydreaming often carries a stigma of negativity, research reveals that there are many benefits to daydreaming. The act of daydreaming can release us from current stress, give us a rest stop for our minds, and provide us with an infusion of creativity. The drawings in Daydreaming Revisited shine a positive light on the subject through a better appreciation of this pastime; captured by people in moments of daydreaming and depictions of various tasks and locations that are relatable to the viewer. This body of work explores the typical expressions of people in these moments and presents images of inanimate objects or settings that may trigger daydreams. These monotonous, routine tasks, so often performed, beckon our minds to daydream. Influences for the work include personal experience and contemporary artists that reference realism, such as, Andrew Wyeth, Peggy Preheim, and Erin Wozniak. In addition to my own desire to explore this subject, the goal of this body of work is to change people's perspectives of daydreaming and to encourage them to look deeper into the positive aspects.
(Sponsor: Tamie Beldue and Megan Wolfe)

10:55-11:15 a.m.—Jesse Hinson
Pretty in Pink: An Exploration of Craft as a Tactile Guide Through the Grieving Process

The purpose of this research is to help bring understanding, to the artist and the viewer, of what it might be like to experience the trauma of losing a child. While experiences vary from person to person it is not uncommon for many to feel immense and overwhelming feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and anxiety as well as resentment towards other family members. In this series, photorealistic prints depicting infant mortality are combined with soft fabrics and traditional quilt patterns to create works that encompass the pain of loss as well as the love and care that remains after the child is gone. By combining symbolically loaded imagery with warm fabrics, these quilts work to represent the tension many families face to build and maintain strong relationships among themselves as well as with other loved ones. Artists such as Doris Salcedo use fabric and other items from the deceased to bring attention to the loss and hardships as well as the fondness that is left behind when a family member passes. Artists Sara Lindsey and Elizabeth Mitchell were also influential in the creation of this series in terms of how other artists have combatted similar emotions. Ultimately any experience shared with this body of work won’t compare to the reality of losing someone so close, however it may shed some light on the trauma that many families struggle with daily.
(Sponsor: Robert Dunning)

11:15-11:35a.m.—Courtney McDaniel
Within the Quiet: An Exploration of the Introvert Interior

Through the progression of the extrovert ideal in the business world, as described by Susan Cain, asserting ideas and being capable of abundant involvement in large groups have become structural components for accomplishing prosperity in Western culture. The obligation to consistently exert intense energy persuades introverts that their predisposition to be quiet in contemplation is inferior. Tendencies affiliated with both introversion and extroversion are profitable traits that can be compelling when applied in the appropriate social settings. However, individual qualities vary depending on particular personalities and cannot be assessed advantageously against a standardized set of behavioral expectations. Diverse modes of thought exist between introverts and extroverts and influence the ways in which a person chooses to share and exchange information. The ability to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas directly correlates to the understanding of self-identification. The art movement of Abstract Expressionism has been pivotal in cultivating nonobjective painting methods used to capture the inherently abstract concepts of identity and communication. Through the process of expressionistic abstract painting, this research examines the relationship between introversion and extroversion while preparing a vehicle for self-discovery and exploration. The purpose of this research is to gain greater comprehension of the connection between introversion and extroversion and how the association between the two temperaments affects general communication. As a result of pairing the painting process with knowledge about the functionality of introverted identity, this project also serves to form a deeper sense of self by existing as a valuable way to decipher thoughts and emotions in an introverted manner.
(Sponsor: Robert Tynes)