Fall 2013 Visual Arts Baccalaureate Exhibition
November 26 – December 13, 2013
Public Reception on December 12, 5 - 7 pm
The NDSU Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery present an exhibition of work by the Fall 2013 Baccalaureate candidates. Working in a broad range of material and styles, the five students—Brynn Joki, Philip Gregory, Kerry Helland, Sarah Ishaug, and Jasmyn Hirchert—present cohesive, conceptual projects that confront, transform, and challenge viewers and space.
Joki’s Unchained project observes the empowerment of women through fashion design. In this project, three custom-designed garments stand for “future women” who forge their own journeys through choice. Joki explains that her inspiration “came from the history of women’s equality” as well as the “women who have appreciated and continued that journey.”
Gregory’s Baccalaureate project utilizes photography and graphic design to consider the daily effect of phobias on an individual’s life. By visually positioning a variety of “phobias” in satirical and surprising environments, he posits that these fears are unreasonable or irrational. Viewers are confronted with the emotions a person might experience when faced with these fears.
In her cohesive ceramic project, Helland explores the female form. Seven ceramic sculptures, each born from the same mold, emerge as distinct, individual pieces representing the unique characteristics of each woman. Capitalizing on the unpredictability of the firing process, Helland embraces imperfections on the surface of her stable structures, reclaiming the “flaws” as representations of each woman’s strength in spite of her scars.
Ishaug’s series of oil on canvas paintings entitled Natural Manipulation look closely at the textures and colors present throughout the natural world. The artist works from photographs, research, and close examination of the surrounding environment. Through non-objective forms and abstraction, viewers are invited to consider the inherent beauty in natural lines, forms and colors.
Hirchert visually declares that “the ‘fourth wall’ that separates cartoons from reality has been broken.” Animated characters abound and adapt to the real, physical world throughout this series of animated and manipulated digital collages. In her project entitled Discovery, Hirchart places characters in both familiar and ironic situations, hoping to illustrate how “their world is not so different from ours.”