With Girls’s Historical past Month coming to a detailed, two UA graduate college students mirrored on identification and existence by way of a pair of gallery exhibitions.
Graduate college students Ashlee René Thompson and Sandra Vega, introduced their thesis exhibitions in Sella-Granata Artwork Gallery inside Woods Corridor. The exhibitions have been accessible to the general public from March 1 to 12. Each Thompson and Vega expressed curiosity in internet hosting two new exhibitions within the Spring of 2022.
Thompson holds a grasp’s of liberal arts diploma and a bachelor’s diploma in effective arts with a minor in artwork historical past from Auburn College at Montgomery, the place she serves as an adjunct teacher. Vega holds a bachelor of effective arts from the College of Texas Permian Basin.
Thompson has been affected by psychological sickness for 12 years, and her exhibition “Synaptic Transmission” goals to advocate for psychological well being consciousness.
Her artwork featured numerous colours and shapes birthed from strokes of acrylic paint, some that includes scientific components like hint outs of mind neuron chemical buildings. The tone was summary, however some results had particular and important meanings, reminiscent of drips of darkish paint representing intrusive ideas.
Thompson, whose focus is in portray, additionally featured ceramic buildings, which carried the identical message however in a extra third-dimensional presentation.
“I exploit abstraction as a result of I consider that complicated ideas like psychological well being can’t be represented objectively,” Thompson stated. “That is my model of making one thing that’s making the invisible seen.”
Thompson’s 9 works featured within the Sella-Granata Gallery included “Fast Coronary heart Fee,” “The Thoughts as a Vessel,” “Neuron Construction,” “Inside an Anxious Thoughts,” “Serotonin,” “Synaptic Transmission II,” “Day by day Reminders,” “Coiled Depths” and “In search of Solutions.”
Thompson stated one of many challenges she confronted this spring along with her work was making collage paper materials stick down on the canvas fibers. Whereas sticking paper on prime of paper is a seamless transition, Thompson appreciates the look of collage on canvas because of the textured impact it offers off.
“Determining that mixed-media paper was my area of interest,” Thompson stated. “[It] was an enormous revelation for me.”
Thompson’s neighboring exhibitor additionally expressed herself by way of her items, however by way of totally different supplies and messages.
Vega’s exhibition “Caminos De Identidad” interprets to “A Search of Id.” Her present works primarily use ceramics and prints as mediums.
Her artwork primarily featured human our bodies and limbs, reminiscent of fingers and ft, coexisting with bugs.
“The mixing of bugs into my work got here with my fascination of their existence—creatures which might be extra tailored to this world than folks, but mostly discovered crushed on the sidewalk,” Vega stated in a printout distributed as a part of the exhibition.
Vega’s lineup featured eight works titled “Alcanzando: Manos,” “Alcanzando: Pies,” “Tierno: En Manos De Mamá,” “Te Sostengo,” “Conclusiones De Verano,” “Reverencia,” “Las Tres” and “Genealógico.”
One work that differed from the topic of bugs was Vega’s “Genealógico,” which featured the 5 totally different pores and skin tones from the extent of her household tree, which she described as “her simplest piece.”
“I wish to name it the results of an identification disaster and attempting to determine who I’m in a tutorial setting,” Vega stated.
This was Vega’s first time exhibiting ceramic- and 3D-based artwork. She described the brand new expertise as “exhilarating” and one thing that aided in additional of “a stream of consciousness” course of.
Each artists have been glad with the suggestions they obtained about their work, each from their professors and informal viewers.
Resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, solely ten folks have been allowed to go to the gallery area at a time. The pandemic additionally prevented the artists from internet hosting a reception. Nevertheless, each Thompson and Vega have been capable of present members of the family across the gallery throughout the two weeks.
The pandemic additionally affected each artists’ creatively.
Thompson examined constructive for COVID-19, which not solely led to her complete studio group having to quarantine but in addition induced a delay in her works in progress that might have been featured on this exhibition.
Vega stated it was arduous to seek out motivation and momentum after the abrupt pause the pandemic created.
Vega anticipates creating extra three-dimensional works whereas Thompson is constant her work that have been halted.