McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “smARTies,” its annual Honors Art Exhibition March 26 through April 5 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. An artists’ reception will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 26, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please note that some work in this exhibition explores adult content and is intended for mature audiences only.
Students who will be displaying work include Dani Allen, Caitlin Bennett, Dara Dinisio, Elyse Hyle, Claire Woolley, and Kira Young.
Mixed media and video artist Dani Allen says her work “explores the construction of sexual identity through examining sexual fantasy and a woman's relationship to her body. I use my own life experiences and sexual identity as material in order to open a dialogue about the boundaries imposed on personal sexuality and how to test those boundaries.”
Dara Dinisio works with mixed media and fibers to explore “the rapidly progressive fashion industry through the use of timeless elements, such as old magazines, color palettes, wire hangers and thread. I incorporated the idea of expectations on an individual. You can see the attempt to hide underneath your clothes, but inevitably you are wearing characteristics of yourself and the industry for everyone to see and judge.”
Childhood and adulthood hardships and the striking similarity in the emotions they elicit is the primary theme of Elyse Hyle’s drawings and mixed media work. “As adults we look back at our childhood as a carefree wondrous time,” says Hyle, “but in reality childhood was just as hard for us as adulthood is today. As children we were just better at letting the stresses of life go and focus on the things that made us happier. Many of my works depict childhood toys and some of my art will be interactive for the viewer, to encourage play.”
Claire Wooley, who will display drawings, sculpture, and photography, says her “body of work focuses on human insecurities. People are dawn to chairs to sit down, to get out of the line of attention. I want my work to express that sometimes it can be just as comfortable to stand, be proud, and don't be so quick to take a seat.”
Through her drawings and paintings, Kira Young “experiments with the notions of contradiction and rebellion, two ideas that are sometimes experienced when an individual tires of the figurative confines of everyday life. I create pieces that are both perfect and imperfect according to my own strict standards, and they allow me to find a balance between control and freedom. Ultimately, I am exploring how beauty and spontaneity can be found in the imperfections and the contradictions, as well as in carefully controlled and manipulated artworks.”
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
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