As We Could Be: A Senior Exhibition

It feels like it was just yesterday, but it has officially been over a month since I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Earlier today I was thinking about my senior year and I realized how blessed I was to have been a part of not just one, but two senior exhibitions that will forever change the way "senior show" at IWU is viewed. For those of you who don't know, senior show is a requirement for all art students where during your senior year, you work on one big project (of your choosing) that is then shown in an exhibition at the end of the semester. In the past, senior show has always been held on campus in preexisting, unmodified spaces. This year, however, that changed. Due to the fact that I had a double art major (photography + graphic design), I was required to do two senior shows, one in the fall and one in the spring. For the fall semester, those of us in the show decided to do something a little different and renovate a space in Center Hall (one of the art buildings on campus) and use that for our show. In the spring semester however, we decided to think a little bigger and renovated a large section of a building located in downtown Marion, Indiana. We wanted this to be a way to not only encourage IWU students to venture off campus and into the town of Marion, but also for the Marion community to be a part of our event. There were 22 seniors in the show and we worked together for several months to make the space our own, I think we are all professional painters at this point. When we were finished, each of us ended up with our own space to show in and the two night exhibition was a complete success! It was such a rewarding experience and I am so excited to see what the seniors who come after us will do! Here is small look into the show and my personal project! 

 Installing all of the vinyl for the show was so fun!

Installing all of the vinyl for the show was so fun!

 People making their way through my space.

People making their way through my space.

 The booklets that I designed and handmade for the show.

The booklets that I designed and handmade for the show.

 Hanging posters in the art gallery on campus.

Hanging posters in the art gallery on campus.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Perfect is a word that is heavily overused in our society because, is anything or anyone ever truly perfect? The answer is no. Whether it’s a part of our personality, our appearance, or in my case, my artwork, we all have imperfections in our life that we think are overpowering everything else and sticking out like a sore thumb. In reality, however, our imperfections are what make us human and one of the commonalities that exists between all mankind. My images are meant to illustrate our imperfections from our own point of view in the context of not belonging. We spend too much of our valuable time trying to achieve perfection when we should really be focusing on simply living and being human. We were not meant to be perfect, we were just meant to be.

 

In order to add an additional element to my space, I collected and carried (up to the second floor) sixteen gallon buckets full of rubble. Trust me, this was A LOT of work and required muscles that I unfortunately don't have. Therefore, I had to call in some strong reinforcement, thank you to everyone who helped me with this task! Also, the photo does not do this pile of rubble justice, it was much larger than it appears!

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