Gallery of student art
Each year, the graduating seniors of the Department of Art create and exhibit capstone projects in their choice of media.
Below, view a gallery of works from the senior art majors of 2021, with excerpts from their accompanying artist statements.
“Whenever I travel I always pay close attention to the architecture of the buildings; it can tell me more than a travel book can. When I came to Indiana for college, I noticed all the old and historic buildings, and the barns that look like they are about to crumble—some taken care of and held to their original glory, and others falling apart and long forgotten.”
“The landscapes in Nevada are unique to this state—anyone who has been there will instantly recognize these prints.
Landscape photography is very common and usually eliminates any trace of humanity. In my project I try to highlight how both nature and humanity are connected and impact each other.”
“As I began to contemplate this project, I found myself grasping for a way to understand my own complex emotions and discomforts regarding the topics of sexuality and physicality. Something finally clicked when I began to explore the physical nature of eggs—their texture, color, and fragility spoke to what I had been searching for.”
“The way I was initially taught art restrained my ability to enjoy creating.
With creation comes destruction. Everything is made from something else.
So I utilized that concept to take scraps and previously used materials and turn it into something of my own. Deconstructing the boxes I once tried to fit into, and reforming a realm of comfort and limitless expression.”
“This body of work is an homage to that stupid stubborn part of me. It deals with the struggle and strain of doing something difficult just because you can.
Doing something difficult because it needs to be done is of course more noble. But whether it’s a long walk through the snow, or wrestling with a bar of iron to persuade it to take a new form, there is something uniquely affirming that comes from finding a task that is not only hard but unreasonable, and then doing it anyway.”
“Fragility and Fragmentation is a sculptural study externalizing patterns of intrusive thought. The show is overwhelmingly composed of the torso. It is confronting and over powering. The smaller parts and pieces of the body are fragmented and minimized next to them so the stomach, breast, and upper thigh maintain the majority of thought.
Before I began working with clay, my relationship with art was unspoken. In its tactile and sensual way of being, I felt as if clay asked for a softness that I had yet to understand.”
“Fabric remembers violence inflicted upon it in the form of needle holes, rips, and stains that mirror how the body remembers violence through scars, wounds, and bruises.
Even though my trauma is inextricably blended with everything that I do and think about, it no longer controls me. The colorful parts of myself are brighter than the darkness, and I begin to stitch myself back together.”