McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “Pigments and Plastics,” its annual Honors Art Exhibition, through March 30 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. This year’s show will feature work from McDaniel students Caitlin Eversmier, Monique Staveley, and Rachel Wojnar.
“My artwork highlights the issues of anthropogenic pollution, specifically plastics and their effects on both marine organisms and humans,” says Eversmier of her prints and drawings. “Even in the most remote uninhabited areas of our planet, marine life suffers from plastic pollution and beaches are littered with debris. These plastics range from single use products to microplastics. My hope is to highlight this everlasting damage in order to alter societies social norms revolving around plastic."
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.”
“My body of work revolves around the relationships between humanity and the natural world,” notes Wojnar. “In search of new perspectives and appreciation for nature, I explore alternative methods of art-making that may begin to reduce the harm we have done, and are doing, to the environment. Embracing impermanence, I create with biodegradable materials and abandon harsh chemicals and toxic pigments whenever possible. Building upon this, I explore innovative, yet simple solutions to environmental problems that so often seem hopeless (for example, mycoremediation as a remedy for water pollution). As I bring together practices of creativity and sustainability in this work, I hope to educate others and to inspire them to take steps, no matter how small, towards a better future for our environment."
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.
Saturday, March 17 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, March 19 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, March 22 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, March 23 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, March 24 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, March 26 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, March 29 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
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