My recent paintings explore what it takes to be a human in this tumultuous but abundant world. The theme of emotional, spiritual, and psychological transformation persists in my body of work in various ways, from technical approaches to specific repeated imagery.
In the natural realms of our world there remains a mystical force, masked faces peering from the unknown. I see them, in the glowing embers of a campfire dancing toward the beckoning of gilded stars against the deep void of the night sky. A light being distorted through a patterned glass, wind scattering a handful of ambered leaves onto passersby, the absolute and crushing silence on the night of heavy snowfall.
There are certain times when we need to remind ourselves to take a moment to breathe. Life may sometimes get in the way of our awareness and cause us to forget how to breathe. Maybe not physically but mentally. A breath of air is a simple reminder that we are alive. I use the dandelion to represent such. When airborne, the dandelion’s pappus is referencing that breath of air.
Artists are nimble and none more than this group of students. Forced from the art village by the virus they went home to make do with whatever materials they could find on short notice. Their work exemplifies a strength in character and work ethic unique to UD students.
Our students accepted the challenge without weeping or gnashing of teeth. These artists used our unique circumstances to shift gears and make technically and conceptually robust work. They chose to use the issues of the day as fuel for their creative practice. Muses are everywhere, if we open ourselves to them. This group of students found theirs even at the center of national pandemic. We are all looking forward to October when many of their shows will manifest physically on campus.
But for now, this virtual art showcase is a celebration of our graduating students from the Department of Art at the University of Dallas. The work presented here is the culmination of an intensive and engaged studio research practice.
On behalf of the art department, I commend them with the highest distinction. Congratulations graduating art students!
Art Department Chair
The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Show is the culmination of a three year program in which artists explore their creative practice in depth. Disciplined studio practice is paired with the study of visual art from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives. The art faculty guides each student on an artistic journey, that is enriched by a close relationship with their advisor and critiques sessions with their artistic peers.
The Senior Art Show exhibition is the capstone experience of four years of study by
Bachelor’s of Art candidates in the field of art history, ceramics, painting, printmaking,
or sculpture. Art majors are deeply involved in the artistic and scholarly life of
the Haggerty Art Village. Their presence and studies across the liberal arts enrich
this environment as they pursue interdisciplinary research.