Undergraduate studio art awards recipients are showcasing their works in the exhibition "Occluded Front," on display in the Hanes Arts Center until March 18.
Each artist applied “Occluded Front” to their art in different ways, but overall they focused on the theme of change between the past and present, and the turmoil that comes with it.
Beth Grabowski, the event's organizer, said she is excited about the scope of media represented — ranging from 2D collage to sculpture to interactive works — and the impressive levels of technical skill and intellectually compelling work displayed.
“A title like (Occluded Front) is meant to be thought-provoking," Grabowski said. "Often when artists are working, they’re working through metaphor just as much as they are working in specific didactic explanations. So taking those words both separately and together — What does a front mean? — is something that is a transition. So many of these students are upperclassmen or even graduating, so they are looking at that kind of transition.”
Isys Hennigar, whose art in the exhibition comments on the unintentional impact of genetically modified food, explained the science behind the exhibition's theme.