Senior Elsewhere Projects, Fall 2013
All first semester seniors are required to exhibit/site/place a piece of work outside the ceramics department during the fall semester. The aim is to create a piece, installation, or project designed to work within a specific place, in which the physical characteristics and purpose of the place inform the work and vice versa.
Jen Wilkinson took images of her ceramic sculptures and digitally printed them on fabric. The fabric was then sewn into two tee shirts and warn to various places.
Melanie Sherman experimented with groupings of different objects in relationship to her pieces and documented the process by photographing the combinations of contrasting materials, textures, colors. Her work investigates the visual context of a compilation of items which depict objects symbolic for excess, waste, and decay. They are evocative of death and the transience and futility of earthly achievements and pleasures. Inspirations for these photographs come from “vanitas”, still-life paintings from the early 17th century to the Baroque, where mortality is captured permanently in an arrangement of objects that give an illusion of permanence but are momento mori.
Sebra Debrecht displayed her work outside, moving outside the context of a gallery or studio and into alternative conditions. She found that by documenting a piece draped over stairs, a bench, or on other art works, it evoked different meanings in each setting. This diversity provided a new perspectives about how the work interacted and/or manipulated these spaces and objects. It also allowed her to consider how my work could be represented in the 2-Dimensional realm via online or as a photograph.