McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “(Global) Awareness,” the first of its two senior capstone exhibitions, April 11 through April 21 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The show features a wide range of media, from traditional two- and three-dimensional approaches, to Digital and New Media. Students displaying their work include Suzannah Bannister, Jennifer Brown, Sarah Lighter, Amber Smith, Rebecca Suraci, and Adriana “Summer” Villarosa.
“Identity is comprehensive,” states Suzannah Banister. “It is constantly evolving with our actions, while drawing its roots from what we deem important factors in our lives. In this exhibit, I delve into the different layers and perceptions of my personal identity. A focus on opacity and color to represent different perceived identities is incorporated with a mix of two dimensional and three-dimensional works as a direct representation of the different dimensions of my identity.”
Of her artwork Jennifer Brown says, “For my entire life I have struggled with finding perspective. The perspective of the way I may seem to others, as well as how I perceive others. By exploring perspective in the world around me, my work focuses mainly on how people perceive those with mental disorders.”
“In 2008, I remember when the first iPhone was advertised,” notes Sarah Lighter. “It was the newest line of technology brought into our modern society. I was hooked instantly. I wanted to learn everything about it, how it worked, and how it was made. My love for technology continued into college. Last year I took an opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Australia and the experience also influenced my art. Running track has also influenced my work. Running allows me to think freely and connect dots I wouldn’t think of connecting. Running has also brought me more aware of my surroundings physically and mentally. My artwork includes a website and three games based off the Egyptian environmental struggles. My artwork is cartoonish but speaks loud. I want my audience to go away wondering more about the environment and other cultures.”
“When I was almost three, I was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Histiocytosis,” discloses Amber Smith. “The odd thing was that despite my body destroying itself on the inside, I looked completely normal on the outside. While I'm fine now, I had to experience something children should never have to. Children are supposed to be full of laughter and joy, and their biggest fear should be of the boogey man. Children should not have to experience illness and death, or be exposed to sexual content; but they often are. My art aims to highlight this disconnect between childhood innocence and the harsher realities children often have to face.”
Rebecca Suraci asserts her artwork “focuses on perception, both on an individual and cultural spectrum. Through my artwork, I try to express how there is much more to someone than what just meets the eye. I’m intrigued by the idea that the face someone presents to the world can hide a much more complex reality, and that by changing the way we look at people we can learn to see people differently. Without the preconceived ideas and beliefs that we first place on them.”
“In my work, I explore the topic of rape and sexual assault as well as rape culture,” remarks Adriana "Summer" Villarosa. “I use an array of different media from vinyl letters to photography where I discuss the importance of bringing awareness to these horrible crimes. I look at different aspects of rape culture in an effort to eliminate the concept of ‘slut shaming.’ For example, I have analyzed several books including ‘The Rape Recovery Book’ and have found them to be very unhelpful in changing the reader’s view to believe it is not their fault. I also try to make my pieces interactive in order to make a lasting impression on the viewer. It is a hefty task to wipe out what society has ingrained in our heads. Thoughts of ‘her dress was too short’ or ‘she was asking for it’ should be expelled from our society. Raising awareness through art may help facilitate change in our society.”
The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
Friday, April 21 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm