What do a birthday party invitation, a fire-breathing dragon, and a pair of skeletal hands wrapped in red string have in common? These are all images that students can see at the first senior art exhibition in the fall semester 2021.
The artists in this art exhibition, The Digital Age, which can be seen through October 8 in the Fine Arts Gallery, have created all of their work using Adobe applications such as Premiere, Illustrator and Photoshop. .
Emotions strongly influence the works of Shantel DeLosAngeles, Faith Manuel and Rori Brown, be it the emotions of the viewer, the subject, the client or the artist.
Manuel starts from an emotion and creates a series of pieces that convey the same idea. After refining her idea, she chooses a subject to represent that emotion, such as lines, people, planets, or in the case of her current work, hands.
âAs someone who isn’t the best at expressing myself verbally, I use my designs to speak for myself and to inspire others to speak for themselves. I am a digital painter who enjoys working with subjects rich in emotions. I like to talk about the range of emotions that humans have and the process of releasing those feelings into the world. This series of paintings is my interpretation of how the hands express these emotions, âManuel said.
Unlike the rest of the artists in the exhibition, Brown is a photographer. She takes photos of different subjects, but she does not direct any photoshoots.
âWhen I take portraits of people, I like to let them tell me what they would like about the shoot. I try not to direct people during the shoot unless I am asked to. Doing this allows me to capture their real selves, which to me feels more authentic, âBrown said in his artist statement.
Brown works with a wide spectrum of colors ranging from dark to light, depending on his emotions and the emotions of his subject.
âMy goal for my artwork is to capture the uniqueness and beauty of each person, letting their emotions run through my photos,â Brown said.
DeLosAngeles is focused on creating a memorable moment with emotional meaning that is personalized for each of its clients.
âDoris Salcedo, an artist from Colombia, interviewed the families of the kidnapped victims and, using the interviews, information and the victims’ shoes, she created this emotional installation called ‘Atrabiliarios’. I feel like Doris taps into deep emotions when speaking to family and survivors. My job is created using the information I get from families and I use that information to create my job. Atrabiliarios is an emotionally attached installation and constitutes a memorable moment in the lives of families and victims. This is something that I strive to accomplish in my works of art â,
Unlike the other artists in the show, Smith drew inspiration from media, entertainment, and game design. âI’ve always wanted to be someone who comes up with these ideas that we see on screen,â Smith said.
Smith approaches the creation of concept art and illustrations differently. When creating concept art, Smith does not use distorted proportions or angles. âFor my illustrations, I push for dynamic views to create a more engaging image, displaying characters in scenes from their stories to give a visual glimpse into their world,â Smith said.
Students can view the works of art in the Fine Arts Gallery every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 8. Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming âChange: Subject to Changeâ senior art exhibit at the Art Gallery from October 20 to November 19.