BFA Exhibitions

Spring 2021

Our class of 2021 exhibited exclusively online due to social distancing.

Jump to: Bianca Wemhoff | Isabelle Montalvan | Turyn McBride
Rebekah Price | Lee Sekaquaptewa | Kira Edminster | Elrond T Saltana

Bianca Wemhoff

“Bianca Wemhoff is a painter who often incorporates thread to her paintings to expand on the fluidness and similarities other material have with paint, while also playing with texture and the expectations of traditional oil paintings. Interested in how different renderings mix once placed on the same surface, she works with blocked-colored backgrounds behind a stylized central figure who has been altered in some way through the use of thread and the manipulation of the canvas itself. Her goal is to add a contemporary and whimsical approach to a traditional self-portrait, with each piece wildly different then the last.”

Read Bianca’s full artist statement.

Isabelle Montalvan

“This photographic series has to do with a wildfire that destroyed my family’s home and forced a move that dramatically impacted my life. That traumatic situation created a lot of negative emotions, yet it also informed and inspired my artwork. This last year of my BFA has seen a body of work that began as a medium for expressing these challenges, yet evolved into an artistic opportunity that saw me use found objects and images as a metaphor for shared sufferings.”

Read Isabelle’s full artist statement.

Turyn McBride

“My paintings are about these conformities to culture and social norms…These are flowers, but they are more about the human condition, homophobia, bullying and societal expectations. These paintings are from the perspective of a cis gendered man who is looking for an understanding of what masculinity is and how it relates to sexuality. My childhood was marred by the panic and mass hysteria of the AIDS crisis, little information was known but speculations fueled an atmosphere of mistrust and hate. This was directed towards anyone who did not conform to the traditional rules of a heterosexual society.”

Read Turyn’s full artist statement.

Rebekah Price

“My works seek to show the isolation of dysphoria and the horror of being in a body that doesn’t reflect what one truly is inside…Through the consensual use of a transgender model, my friend Elliott, along with the act of taking the photo, I know my audience will be able to understand this uncertainty, loneliness, and fear of one’s self mixed in with the unnerving sensation of being forced into scenarios without their consent.”

Read Rebekah’s full artist statement.

Lee Sekaquaptewa

Stochastic Thoughts / Waking Dreams:

“I create work taking inspiration from my dreams and cultural heritage while intertwining pop cultural references. With content ranging from humorous observations of daily life to intercultural reflections and musings…Things that bleed into my creative process are: Colliding visual elements, collaged imagery, memories, stories, dreams, or personal and social issues. My cultural heritage provides a unique perspective, such that it is underrepresented and misrepresented (even for myself). My art has history, insights, and meaning that honors my culture and teachings. My perspective, dedication, and interpretation fueling inspiration, influence, and potential; not only for me, but for those around me. ”

Read Lee’s full artist statement.

Kira Edminster

“I create layered abstract fabric collages utilizing embroidery. My work involves the slow, meditative process of hand stitching, functioning as a drawing over each layer of fabric. While my work is abstract, I take references from nature, history, and folklore. The texture of the fabric and the texture created by embroidery is always my first consideration. I want to disrupt the potential usefulness of the material, while still acknowledging and appreciating it. ”

Read Kira’s full artist statement.

Elrond T Saltana

“Elrond T Sal is an Indonesian artist, born in Jakarta, [working] with multiple mediums to tell or create a story for others. Each piece is an attempt to explore the possibilities of storytelling with a focus on joy. Telling people that life is still a little bit beautiful. Focusing on an audience where people who are feeling stuck…and the depression of the world, with a little hope cheering and giving those people a little more energy to live for tomorrow.

Although there are deeper meanings that can be derived from each piece, it is not the focus of the piece. After all, each piece is originally made as something to smile and enjoy.”

Video: “Adventure”

Video: “Full Artist Website Experience”

Read Elrond’s full artist statement text or illustrated.