March 2nd will be opening the 8th annual â€œMiniâ€ Students Art Exhibition in the Neidorff Art Gallery. Â Once a year, the art department opens the galleries doors to students interested in exhibiting their work.
This year, four proposals were chosen by the panel to be exhibited. Â The artists, Brittney Blaylock, Lucy Dibutades, Sasha Faust, and Danielle Trevino, have produced four separate bodies of work that have one common thread: history. Â The show titled Recollect takes a look at art history, family history, and technological history through an array of mediums. Â Dibutadesâ€™s series â€œA Painting a Dayâ€ uses painting to look at the history of art with references to biblical and greek mythological stories. And Brittneyâ€™s work is multimedia with a collection of sculptures and ceramics in a hand built cabinet.
Junior Sasha Faust, a Human Communication and Interdisciplinary Arts double major, looked into her own history with her series With Our Hands. Â Her project started while doing Mellon research with art professor, Jessica Halonen, whose own research in Berlin revolved around the synthetic pigment, Prussian Blue. â€œI started breaking off and doing research for myself.â€ Sasha says,â€I became more interested in the darker side of Prussian blueâ€™s history.
Specifically, its connection to the chemicals used in the gas chambers in the holocaust.â€ In her research, she came to learn of how her great grandmother had fled Poland with only a few belongings â€” one specifically important was a lace pillow. Â She uses cyanotypes, a photographic printing process using the synthetic blue pigment to capture delicate images representative of this history.
Recollect will run throughout March in the Dicke Art Building. Â Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 P.M.