Opening Artists Reception - "MALLBEG: Comfort is the Enemy of Progress"

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “MALLBEG: Comfort is the Enemy of Progress,” the second of its two senior capstone exhibitions, May 7 through May 16 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  The show will feature work from students concentrating in studio art.  The artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 7, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s show includes work by Lucia Belivakici, Gwen Chandler, Betty Japinga, Emily Johnson, Mangie Moreno, Lauren Parks, and Amelia Zecker.

“Growing up I was raised in a very religious household,” notes Lucia Belivakici, “but as an adult I do not affiliate myself with any particular religious sect or preaching.  I still crave a sense of connection to a greater whole.  My works are an expression and representation of my spiritual journey to become the best version of myself, and an exploration of various philosophies on the beginnings of religion.”

Gwen Chandler’s body of work mainly focuses on “bringing about a sort of spiritual connection between the natural world and us through the creation of mesmerizing mandalas and peaceful nature dioramas constructed primarily of natural material.  I hope that my work not only facilitates a personal connection to nature, but also evokes a sense of nostalgia, positivity and peace within.”

Focusing on the concept of home and how its meaning changes from one person to the next, Betty Japinga tries “to take the basic idea of home and break it down to its fundamental elements using sounds, textures, and traditional home building materials.  My goal is to get the viewer to step outside his or her comfort zone to question the idea of sanctuary, shelter, and privacy.”

Starting with a bag of unclaimed beaded costume jewelry, Emily Johnson unstrung them so she could “focus solely on the beads that I have collected from my grandparents.  The beads are then re-used and re-purposed, covering objects or images, giving them new meaning while transforming the object or image into ‘A Tangalble Memory.’“

“My art explores how being a millennial is overwhelming in what is expected of us,” says Mangie Moreno.  “The world we are inheriting feels hostile and attacking due to an overwhelming amount of information and thoughts that constantly tell us they deserve our undivided attention.  In this body of work the major disciplines that the millennial struggles to contend, understand and come to terms with are technology and communication, politics and human interaction.”

Lauren Parks relates that the impact of divorce on children influences her work.  “Fifty percent of all North-American children will witness the divorce of their parents.  Being a part of this statistic, I can testify that it will carry further into their lives than one would know.  Through my art I am able to cope with the thoughts and feelings that I have never been able to express in words.”

When left to her own artistic devices, outside of classes, Ameilia Zecker doodles multicolored swirls in the margins of her notebooks and experiments with nail art, using her vast collection of nail polish.  “In developing my artistic identity, I expanded these styles,” she says, “creating an interplay of tightly controlled hand-drawn and hand-painted patterns, juxtaposed with more organic patterns over which I have far less control.  The hand-drawn swirls are time consuming and require precision, while nail polish marbling takes some of that control away from me, though all are related to the ways I repeatedly fall back on to express myself through art and colors.”

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.  The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm - 4 pm; Thursday: 12 pm – 8 pm; and Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm.  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.

Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting interpreting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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