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Celebration of Learning 2017: Senior Art Show Gallery Talks group 2

GROUP 2: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Emily Grooms
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, art
Coping with Death

Everyone copes with death differently, and each coping style can vary significantly. While one person may feel an enormous amount of pain, another might embrace the concept of death with acceptance. Some of the more intense and negative coping styles may develop into a deeper issue, and may jeopardize someone’s mental health, and ultimately, their life. This series touches on multiple different coping styles associated with the grieving process, societal expectations of grief, and the impact death could potentially have on a person’s health.

Olivia Havens
Project advisors: Kelvin Mason and Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, art
Understanding Diversity in a Woven Form

These works reflect social challenges and make reference to the abundance of racial tension that underlies most public debates of this time. They acknowledge diversity and promote acceptance of cultural ethnicities. By weaving together similarities across cultures, we can overcome those ever-so-common discriminations found in the present day.

McKee Jackson
Project advisors: Claire Kovacs, Kelvin Mason and David Schriefer, art
Femme Unity

The purpose of human nature is to connect with people, whether
it’s through dialogue, body language, glances from afar, or just in thought. There are 7 billion people on this earth, and in that mass, we have these attachments with the people around us. It can be difficult to map how we got to a particular place in the relationships we form, but there is meaning and emotion in the journey. Some of those relationships have more of an impact on us and leave a lasting impression, and sometimes we are less aware of the influences. We are touched by so many people on a regular basis; it can be overwhelming to keep track of and understand yourself in the middle of it. While it may be overwhelming, it is also inspiring. My paintings are a representation of those connections and how we make sense of the world around us. I feel the strongest when I am surrounded by women. Females are everyone’s foundation as mothers, daughters, educators, best friends, sisters, teammates and confidants. Here I’ve mapped my life using texture, color and pattern. It has been a vibrant, emotional and empowering journey, and by navigating my way through the women in my life, I have found myself.

Jorge Ambriz
Project advisor: Kelvin Mason, graphic design
La Fama y La Gloria

Often, as spectators we hold artists to constant unreal standards that also cause us to develop separate perceptions or images
of those artists based on said expectations. Many times this “perception” doesn’t go unnoticed and often leads artist to constantly lose themselves while attempting to stay relevant in a constant innovative world. My objective with this installation is
to mirror a few of the stages that Mexican Pop Icon Gloria Trevi underwent while pursuing fame, in hopes to show the isolated transformation that artists often face on the various paths to stardom. I had two major inspirations for this project. One, Mexican Pop icon Gloria Trevi, whose controversial career took her many places, including jail. Yet once liberated she continued her career and is active in the music industry to this day, just under a different image than the one that she started with. And two, the David Bowie tribute performed by Lady Gaga at the 2016 Grammys. It was during this performance that projection mapping really caught my eye. Projection Mapping uses regular video projectors, but instead of projecting onto a regular flat screen, the projection is mapped onto any surface, turning common objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays.