Our class of 2020 is exhibited exclusively online due to social distancing.
Please note that some of the images below may contain graphic content, self-harm, nudity.
“I create large scale paintings of urban landscapes to represent the economic challenges brought about in part by online shopping and the increased use of social media. By abstracting vernacular buildings and spaces, I invite the viewer to experience the mundanity and the emptiness of these public spaces.
As a child, I traveled from the rural woodlands of our home to concrete foundations, department stores, and entertainment commodities wrapping the topography of rural areas like gray plaid. Currently, while individuals are avoiding public spaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my hope is that viewers of my work will reflect on the contemporary prevalence of isolation. Even before the pandemic, the increased presence of social media, the decline of shopping malls and community spaces, and smartphones contributed to the seclusion more than ever. With these urban landscape paintings, I hope the audience of my work gives thought to the economic and social impact of these prescribed utility spaces without the presence of people.”
Read Max’s full artist statement.
“My brain is a confusing place. My brain is messy and fragmented. I am an artist with a dyslexic brain.
To educate others about what it’s like to function with dyslexia, what it’s like to function as me, I’ve experimented with artistic layering in two- and three-dimensional formats to create my senior exhibit.
Octolexia is what I’ve named my mental processing method and my exhibit. It is a word made by combining “dyslexia” with “octopus.” Imagine this: you have a giant octopus with 20-foot tentacles sloshing around in your brain. Actually, this octopus IS your brain. Just as in nature, this octopus is an ever-changing shape, fluid in form and color as it molds itself to life’s circumstances.
My octo-brain is represented by a system of intertwining boxes…The viewer will often find it difficult to comprehend the correlation between objects, boxes and images, just as I do…I want the viewer to try to sort through emotions, decisions and societal norms while…trying to correlate purpose when there is none.”
Read Melanie’s full artist statement.
“These interior spaces were created to capture the vibrations someone feels when dissociating from their physical form. The oil pastels create lines in each disjointed room to carry…perspective lines crossing between each painting’s background. The three-dimensional figures emerging…clash with the large spaces of flat colors. This…creates vibrations fighting against one another, visually representing the physical dissociation I feel towards socially dictated identities.
Ultimately, I am exploring identity, and identity within the rules of western contemporary society…reject[ing] the bourgeois societal life plan. Through figuration and abstraction, it has always been my goal to find [that] ultimate connection/purpose.”
Read Reilly’s full artist statement.