Concerns Art Student Exhibit
29 - June 15, 2001
Three students from
the Professional Concerns art class present a professional exhibition.
Working in painting, sculpture, drawing, and graphic design, each
of the artists overlapped mediums in this diverse display of art
As a child
growing up on Oregon, I was always filled with a sense of wonder
about the world I lived in. Majoring in Art here at Western
Oregon University, I have found a way to put it to good use.
My studies of Biology and Spanish have given me a sincere appreciation
for nature and culture, both of which I channel into my artwork.
In the same way that the world supplies fuel for my work, art provides
me with an outlet and means of understanding the world.
I prefer media with which I can have
a certain degree of control, yet create something dynamic and unique.
This ranges from wood and soapstone to oil paint, charcoal, and
colored pencil. I generally work from a combination of sketches
and my own photographs, adding color and texture to convey a feeling
of vitality. My color palette, as well as my subject matter,
is primarily derived from nature. By intensifying the colors,
shapes and textures that I see, I create the 'essence' of a subject.
In this way, I am able to evoke emotion while still suggesting something
of the real world. The resulting work has motion and transient
quality, as if a memory is being shared with the viewer.
My goal is to work in
a creative environment which allows growth as a graphic designer.
My direction of interest at this point is in the marketing or advertising
industry working with layout design. I also like to work with
photos to create emotions in collage works. I look forward
to continuing the process of experimenting with a variety of images
to portray an idea or feeling.
The computer is very useful because
design is generally produced in large quantities. As I decide
how to visually organize each element, I am easily absorbed in the
computer and the design I am approaching. Visual organization
is important in design to show, teach, market, stimulate or even
Art is a form of visual expression
of an idea, feeling, belief, value or moral. Any subject matter
has the potential to stand for something other than what it is.
Art is like a metaphor; it can be interpreted in a number of ways.
Each interpretation creates a new level of communication.
Design also creates a level of communication through the visual
expression of ideas. Art is important in my life because of
the enjoyable thought process, along with the satisfaction of a
graphic design and
I make art because I
want to know about myself and express inner thoughts. Who
I am now is based on Japanese culture. However, since coming
to America I have met people from other countries, and have seen
so many different cultures. These experiences have had an
influence on me and the development of my art work.
I was not interested in art until I
started studying graphic design in America three years ago.
I am lucky to have the chance to find art because art is one of
the ways to find answers for life. A major interest of mine
is 'humanity'. I focus on the composition of the image and
color, which represents the depth of the expression of emotions.
My desire is to make images that lead to new ways of thinking about
LOCATION: 3rd floor galleries & 3rd floor
Student Curators: Laura L Terranova, Yuki Kondo, Rachael Bourdet
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