McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “EnvironMental: Exploring Inside & Out,” the second of its two senior capstone exhibitions through May 17 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The show will feature a range of media, from traditional two- and three-dimensional approaches, to Digital and New Media.
This year’s second capstone show features work from Lauren Baughan, Melinda Bitzel, Kristen Gibb, Andrea Hutchins, Jonathan Nepini, and Sam Simacek.
“Often times when we look at a landscape, we see and appreciate the scene in its entirety, but do not take the time to appreciate all of the little details,” Baughan says. “Each piece in my main series focuses on simultaneously appreciating both the scene in its entirety and each individual element within it through the deconstruction and reassembling of a landscape. Additional pieces on display highlight the details of individual elements from nature.”
"My artistic work has spanned several decades, beginning when I was a teenager learning to sew from my maternal grandmother,” notes Bitzel. “While raising three sons I relied extensively on my knowledge of sewing, furniture refinishing and making objects in order to decorate my home and keep my hands busy. Currently, my work focuses on mosaics from paper, canvas and/or cardboard. There is a deep fascination with mosaics that pushes me to investigate how to break a material down to an elemental unit, then remake it into something new."
“In ‘I Suppose I May Be Dead,’ I use multiple media to articulate the uncomfortable feelings associated with mental and physical health symptoms,” states Kristin Gibb. “In my sculpture, video, and audio works, I use the concept of ghosts who are coming to terms with their own death. I felt that in the early stages of depression, when one has yet to be diagnosed, the symptoms mimic that of a spirit, trapped in their own mind; this is based on the fact that ghosts have often been theorized to be unaware that they are dead. Because of this, we find similar questions arise from both someone with an undiagnosed mental illness, and an unaware spirit. Why do I feel like this, why is this happening to me, and why can’t I pick up my laundry basket?”
Andrea Hutchins relates that her work focuses “on the detrimental effects that humans have on our oceans. I am creating works that symbolize garbage that is often thrown away in our water. I am also creating works using recycled garbage that people have donated to me.”
“My work revolves around a study of the spaces and places I encounter, both natural and constructed,” says Nepini. “I focus on how we interact with the spaces around us, and how our actions often have significant impacts on these spaces.”
Simacek states, “My project deals with escapism. I show myself in a real life stressful situation and then I put myself in an idealized fantasy world in order to escape the situation.”
The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.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, May 17 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
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