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2007 — OVERDUE Professional Concerns Art Students

June

 

Ellie Toombs

When I was four years old I stripped naked and drew orange and black stripes all over my body. I crawled over to my mom and told her I was a tiger. Thinking back, I realize now more than ever, that my odd but creative tiger idea was a product of the way my brain works, and I am able to use that creativity as an artist.

I believe that many things in our world, simple and everyday objects that we take for granted, have beauty seeping out of them. I observe my environment: people, objects, buildings and landscapes. Sometimes the simplest images of things inspire me, and I allow myself to imagine how I could use what I observe in a different way. Sometimes I become inspired from one thing I see, and later I re-work that idea and come up with something completely different.

 

The Other Me, canvas
The Other Me,
canvas

Untitled, ceramic
Untitled,
ceramic

Tulips Day, and Tulips Night, oil on canvas
Tulips Day,
and
Tulips Night,
oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

Untitled, ceramic
Untitled,
ceramic

Kelp Study,  ceramic, rubber, wax
Kelp Study,
ceramic, rubber, wax

Mold II, ceramic
Mold II,
ceramic

 

 

 

 

Enough Said (detail) ceramic, wood, copper wire
Enough Said (detail)
ceramic, wood, copper wire

Curlers, oil on canvas
Curlers,
oil on canvas

Self Portrait, oil on canvas
Self Portrait,
oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

Column, (detail)  ceramic
Column, (detail)
ceramic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are endless ways to create art. Throughout my life I would like to investigate new mediums to better convey my message, thoughts, or feelings. At this point I have been learning the many ways I can work with clay. I have learned that working in ceramics allows many options, and many ways to work through a problem to create something. As much as I enjoy using and working with clay I equally have learned to respect and find beauty in the process of ceramics. Creating something in clay has many steps. For me the process of getting to my final outcome is as important to me as the actual piece.

Since being naked with stripes all over me, I have matured, studied art concepts and put them to use. After four years of being in school, I am now beginning to compile and refine my own ideas of art. In the future I look forward to elaborating on my ideas and always continue learning new ways to create art.

-Ellie Toombs

 


 

 

Molly Druliner

Altered Book, paper
Altered Book,
paper

Decal,and On Your Dinner Plate, ceramic
Decal,and
On Your Dinner Plate,
ceramic

Operation Thread, book
Operation Thread,
book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profile, plaster, plaster, & wax
Profile,
plaster, plaster, & wax

Gettysburg Address, paper
Gettysburg Address,
paper

Waterfall, ceramic
Waterfall,
ceramic

 

 

 

I am here, paper
I am here,
paper

Family Tree, and Monmouth Tile, ceramic
Family Tree,
and
Monmouth Tile,
ceramic

Protection, ceramic
Protection,
ceramic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matchbook, paper
Matchbook,
paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORK

Most recently I have been interested in the act of cataloging. I have been exploring how objects and ideas can be organized. In organized societies we are immersed in organizational systems. These systems are second nature and generally go unnoticed. By revealing structured systems, interesting relationships can be made. I believe in finding extraordinary in the ordinary.

THE PROCESS

Collect.
i collect objects which inspire me.

Record.
freewriting is a daily occurrence for me.
i freewrite about my collected objects.

Sort.
sorting objectively has made me a stronger designer. we limit ourselves by what we know. objective response helps break the barriers we create for ourselves.

Catalogue.
based on a structure or specific set of rules i arrange objects. ridged structure reveals interesting connections.

-Molly Druliner

 


 

 

Photos of the Exhibit

301 east view entryview

 

guestbooks Northwest towards stairs

 


LOCATION: 3rd floor galleries
Curators:  Ellie Toombs and Molly Druliner