Seniors display their final projects during “Threshold” exhibition

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | Students look at Evie Golden’s ’16 final project “Drawn Again” in the Jannotta Gallery.

Photo by Carolyn Brown ’16 | Students look at Evie Golden’s ’16 final project “Drawn Again” in the Jannotta Gallery.


Emily Zhou ’19
Contributing Writer

The Senior Art Exhibition “Threshold” finished its display on April 11. The exhibition was centered around exploration of themes of “liminal space and sense of a threshold.”

Each piece presented its unique method of examining the nebulous ideas of boundaries — the doorway between the known and unknown. “Threshold” contemplated different binaries that contrast and complement, as both the artist and the audience dives into a moment of reflection.

From this space, all the artists, inspired by their own experiences, created a magnificent array of artworks that digs deeper into different relationships in space. As the audience walked through the gallery, they were introduced to “56025’47.6″ N 5039’21.9″ W” and “56026’27.6″ N 5039’08.5″ W,” two stunning displays of perspectives of a static spot. One was encased in a plastic shell with a small seeing hole and the other set under two pieces of magnifying glass.

The artist of both pieces, Elizabeth McGrady ’16, wrote in her artist statement about her inspiration on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. She wanted her piece to interact with the “viewer to examine the act of looking through interaction and creat[e] an experience of the Isle of Mull.”

McGrady’s vision for the surreal image is something that is present in all the unique pieces, unifying the entire gallery. The surreal aspects of “Threshold” begin to emerge from all the pieces, including what seems like a still life. Ika Chang’s ’16 “Boots” and “Shopping Bag” offer more food for thought. The creation of “perspective and the interchange of light and dark pushes the space backwards,” Chang wrote about the piece.

“Boots” displayed a pair of boot soles, but the mixture of the shadows and highlights, evokes surreal emotions as the image hints at the invisible “owner” of the boots lying down. The feeling of a human presence with the visual non-existence of the human in the painting toggles with our sense of material self.

Many pieces also focused on the artist’s own self-reflection and obstacles over the years. Kate Scrimshaw-Hall’s ’16 “Flower Picking in Winter” is the manifestation of Scrimshaw-Hall’s own struggle with self-love. Elise Parisian’s  ’16 represented the relationship between herself and art through the crinkling and wrinkling of her intaglio pieces.

Others examined themselves and the space with their surroundings through digital mediums such as Ballie Vensl ’16’s “It Won’t Last Forever, But Maybe it Will,” and  Elli Palmer’s ’16 3-D scuplture “Untitled,” formed with chicken wire, tissue paper, glue, and watercolor.

Another visually dreamy piece comes in the woodblock and monotypes by Clara Rosebrock ’16, printed on mulberry paper. Rosebrock’s work, “Touch,” seemed to depict the touching of ink and paper, merging when the ink bleeds over the threshold of the fibrous material. Evie Golden’s ’16 “Drawn Again” had almost a rhythmic display of the transgression of faces and identities over the redrawing period.

The wide array of mediums each artist used conveyed their unique perspectives on the theme. Each piece contrasts yet complements others in the gallery space.

While each piece examined “threshold” in a special way, the culmination of all the pieces together formed a threshold, too. The act of stepping into the gallery is like entering a new, surreal world of art and stepping out is crossing back into the world in which we live.

The next Senior Art Exhibition, “I, Stranger,” will be up from April 14 to April 20 in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall. It promises the same level of creativity and talent as “Threshold.”

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