The viewer is confronted by 5 overbearing, white TV screens sitting on white pedestals. Once inside the gallery, the viewer becomes the “artist”- the “creator” – the “controller” of the exhibit by manually operating the keyboard. Fork, Gun, Cake is a meditation on the subjective and by extension, dynamic nature of language. Through the act of play – they invite the visitor to decontextualize the bridges of meaning that exist between words and their subjective associations. In doing so, the visitor unveils the dexterous and ever evolving riot in which language flourishes.
As a recent immigrant from Russia to the United States, Masha is very excited about the broad range of expression that is possible and is seeking the opportunity to share her experience in her drawings. Her large-scale drawings are made on delicate sheets of tracing paper, creating a monumental yet fragile sensibility. There is an energy and emotion in the drawings that can be experienced directly. Masha writes,” I work spontaneously and expressively. I want to follow the desire of the line and let it reveal itself, allowing the subject to emerge without complete control.” The drawings are driven by the process of interrogation, which grows from a place of confusion and tensions.
Sophia is a third year visual arts student at Naropa. The exhibit is a compilation of work the she has done over the past several years. It captures my journey as an artist and my growth. She chose to display her watercolor, acrylic and graphite pieces since each medium has brought her to the artist she has become. Sophia writes, “My work focuses on exploring abstract color combinations, texture, pattern, and the beauty of the female figure.”
Kia Neill is a multidiscipline artist working in mixed media drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Neill has lived and worked in a number of cities throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, juroring and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. Her work often reflects upon natural landscape, but as she sees the correlation in pattern and form between nature and human anatomy – the work begins to metamorphosis into a new image that combines both structures. The fluid forms represent the artist’s energetic emotions while the mechanical skeletal structures represent a concrete base that is transfixed in its own identity.
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