Mixing together all they have learned over the years, thirteen graduating art majors at North Central College put together the Senior Art show. The students expressed a wide variety of themes in their work, attempting to bring out emotions in people. But what those emotions will be varies for each individual viewer.
“Art has different meanings for different people. And I always think that a person who looks at a piece and then takes a second look and a third look at a piece, they become involved with the work,” says Barry Skurkis, Associate Professor of Art at North Central College.
The art show features works in both Meiley-Swallow hall and Oesterle Library.
“They pursue the creating of art as well as the business of art. And part of learning the business of art is learning an exhibit,” says Skurkis.
Art Education major Kerry Brophy has three pieces in Meiley -Swallow. One is a sculpture made from a cast of her own foot. It symbolizes several surgeries she endured to fix her club feet. The other two pieces are a part of a collection where she painted the human figure in a very different way.
“The paintings upstairs are part of a series that abstracts human figures. They really turned into value ribbons I guess because I wanted to play along with different values and different colors, different shades to really take as much away from the human looking figure as I could,” says Brophy.
At first the paintings appear to be ribbons, but a closer look reveals they are actually representations of human beings.
The artwork on display varies from painting to sculpture, to even the use of mixed media. But Brophy says it’s not always about what you see, but how it makes you feel.
“I like to paint how I feel. I like to paint emotions. I like to bring out emotions in the viewer as well. So if that’s something that I can achieve, that’s why I do it,” says Brophy.
Brophy hopes to not only bring out emotions in viewers, but also in students, as she is pursuing a career as an art teacher.
The art show will run at both Meiley-Swallow hall and Oesterle library on the Campus of North Central College until June 12th.
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