Unconscious ARTiculations: Junior Art Exhibition
Originally scheduled to open in April, the Junior Art Exhibition of the Class of 2021 has been postponed to a future date due to the pandemic, as students were required to shift towards online learning and remote working. The now-senior art majors were in the process of making the works that they had planned to show before having to move away from campus. While it was an intensely disruptive time or all, the students were able to adapt to the circumstances and continue to develop their ideas and creative processes. Sei M’pfunya ’21, for example, drew inspiration from the unique experiences of her friends and family during the pandemic and reinterpreted them in abstraction in her series of watercolor paintings, Grounding – “My paintings ironically try to sum up each person’s lived experience in COVID-19, even though the memories aren’t so clear cut. We all may have been in the same place or location for extended periods of time, but each experience has been colored by many emotions, realities and bodies that painting them realistically would have been an injustice. Painting them in one frame of time wouldn’t have made sense. Grounding attempts to bring to reality the murkiness of memory.”
The show, now postponed until the reopening of campus, is titled Unconscious ARTiculations, in which the four participating artists will explore the unconscious through their unique artistic processes. Abbreviations of their works-to-be can be seen from the short statements below, and we look forward to seeing these visions come alive soon in person.
-Scarlett Wang PO'22
My work hints at experiences of life threaded to together in a non-linear ordering of time through the unconscious process of painting with watercolor and in some cases, ink.
These garments are alterations to the version of myself that I present to the rest of the world. We choose the clothes that we wear—styling an idealized version of ourselves for others to see—but we don’t choose our visceral emotions. The hardest decision is whether to use our exteriors to conceal or revel in our internal vulnerabilities. I knit to tell the stories that I’d be too scared to share while looking you in the eyes.
For me creating artwork is a form of meditation. I work intuitively to create dreamscapes which represent the state of my mind.
-Ise Henriques Sharp
Through my drawing, I am able to glimpse the flow of trees through space, their patterns, personality, and experiences of reality.