McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents "HeadSPACE," the first of its two senior capstone exhibitions, April 17 through April 27 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. The artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Students exhibiting artwork are Amitis Aidun, Kristopher Orth, Morgan Shugars, Leah Sparks, and Monique Staveley.
“My work reflects the therapeutic power of art and gives the viewer the impression of what it feels like living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” says Amitis Aidun. “Growing up with ADHD made it difficult to understand myself in terms of how I learn and think. Being able to express myself through my art has allowed me not only to understand myself better, but to share with others my feelings and thought process. I want my art to be relatable to someone who also has ADHD, but I also want it to be education for people who don’t have the disorder to be able to understand what life with ADHD is like.”
Kristopher Orth started drawing at a very young age and drew everything he saw or could think of. “As I got older, paintings from the High Renaissance influenced my drawing style,” Orth states. “I was amazed at the detail and the technique used to achieve that style and I started looking into DaVinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael. I like to do detailed work in my drawings, yet my paintings aren’t as crisp in the line work and focus more on the blending and contrast of colors. My work is based on how I feel depending on the day and a lot of my inspiration comes from those around me. I want to make art that allows people to think as much as they feel and to create vibrant images that will stay with people long after they stop looking at my work.”
“As an artist, my objective is to create works of art that reach a broad array of audiences by captivating the viewer,” notes Morgan Shugars. “My first step is to envision aesthetics in my head and put them down on paper; then I translate them into my work in order for the world to see. My fascination with art begins with graphic design because of how simple, yet creative it can be and how it is seen in every single product in this day and age. My designs are ultimately focused on the client’s vision but try to break the realms of the ordinary in order to stand out from other graphic designers. I do this by thinking of completely new designs that have never been seen before that grabs the attention of clients and businesses. This is what makes my artwork distinctive from other artists and designers, this is what makes me, me.”
“As females, we have obligations imposed upon us in order to attain a notion of ideal beauty and be deemed ‘attractive’ and accepted by the surrounding world,” asserts Leah Sparks. “With my work, I aim to convey an admiration for bodies that are not generally celebrated; those that are curvy, thick and belong to women who are minorities. In a sense, it is a push to reclaim our own femininity and be promotive of our physiques in the manner we choose. I also explore my identity as a female of Puerto Rican descent, particularly in relation to the primitive nature of the Taino tribe and the Africans who were forcibly brought over to the island during the Atlantic Slave Trade. My goal is for viewers to recognize the importance of the combination of bodily appreciation elements and cultural expression, allowing them to value such aspects as well as reflect on their own identity.”
Monique Staveley says her art uses drawings separated with panels to tell a story. “They are done in pen and ink and shaded to give the story more depth. The stories are about a college-age girl getting through menial tasks that turn into larger-than-life problems.”
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 and reception are free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
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