Senior Art Exhibit
1:00pm - 5:00pm CDT April 9
This year’s second senior art exhibition consists of four Southwestern University seniors. The exhibit includes sculptures and paintings by Megan Adams, Alexandra Bonnet, Victoria Gadson, and Kelsi Walters.
This joint exhibition will consist of:
“Net-Works” by Megan Adams
“Who Am I? Who Do They Say I Am?” by Alexandra Bonnet
“In Nature” by Victoria Gadson
“Graffuture” by Kelsi Walters
Megan Adams’ sculpture exhibit, “Net-Works” presents large scale, abstract sculptures that incorporate ideas behind social construction issues as forms “getting caught” in fishing nets wrapped around bent wooden frames. Adams states, “I decided to represent these issues becoming caught in fishing nets because of the way we, as Americans, see and hear about social problems, thus allowing them to become so integrated within our culture that we cannot see them for what they are. For example, we have an expectation for the rest of the world to speak our language, accept our wealth, have one norm for sexuality and religion, yet we cannot see the other side of these sociopolitical issues; thus we become tangled in our own nets.”
Alexandra Bonnet sculpture exhibit, “Who Am I? Who Do They Say I Am?” uses commercial human forms that once expressed the “beautiful” male or female body, the expected norm in today’s modern society. She explores the use of various materials not natural to the human body to elicit a response from the viewer to reexamine this context. Thus demonstrating the bondage the average person feels when confronted with the daily presentation of these body images. She aims to confront our expectations of the ideal body type as well as the sex and gender identity issues using materials that represent a web or barbed wire that binds us in an unnatural way to these so called perfect forms of female and male bodies.
The large, evocative landscape paintings in Victoria Gadson’s series, “In Nature,” examine the natural world and how people relate to it. “Through my work, I aim to express the timeless experience of being in nature and how we see it individually, collectively, and culturally.”
Kelsi Walters’ vibrant paintings explore processes and styles of the graffiti movement in order to find a place for street art in a gallery setting. “My goal is to manipulate unwritten rules in street art to create an augmented visual language in which motifs exclusive to graffiti gain new intentions and meanings.”
Free and open to the public.