Apr. 17 - May 16, 2015
“Circuitous” is the MFA exhibit presenting work from four degree candidates, each with differing art styles, including painting, sculpture and a interactive digital installation. The graduating master’s students are Devon Mozdierz, Sean Robertson, Lianne Wappett and Morgan Whitney.
“This exhibit is the culmination of three years of dedicated study. It is a focused expression of the growth that these artists have attained while working and living in this community,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery.
Devon Mozdierz’s focus is in painting and printmaking. As a transplant to Idaho, her work combines the expansive grandeur of the West with the specificity and closeness of the East Coast. Growing up in rural New England and wandering through the woods fostered a deep curiosity and intimate understanding of place. Her paintings and prints are abstracted references to places where she lived. The imagery is a distillation of iconography specific to New England’s intimate scale and emphasized through the impressive Western horizons. In doing so, she creates prosceniums inviting the viewer to associate their own personal history and understanding of place with the image.
Lianne Wappett's work encourages viewers to challenge rules and social norms about how we interact with and define art. Her intent is to create interactive experiences that cultivate this dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. Her work engages multiple senses in an attempt to connect with the viewer in the creation of a piece or in the final presentation. By using intense colors and everyday manufactured materials, she creates bright spots that are playful and approachable in contrast to the deeply rooted questions about authority and rules that form the foundation of her creative process.
Digital media artist Sean Robertson considers all creative activities to be inherently experimental in their conception, realization and reception. The process of engagement with abstract information can be creative and exploratory — a work’s affective qualities serve to inform an interpretation or an experience of the piece. Experimental media is rich with potential for discovery and often generates unique opportunities for learning and gaining awareness of new possibilities. Robertson’s work, aided by digital media and live performance software, provides participants with an environment for interaction, experimentation and discovery. Through their engagement, a viewer learns how to manipulate the appearance of the visual field, effectively channeling their own experimental interpretation.
Morgan Whitney’s work considers anything cracked, rigid or dusty to be the most tactilely and visually alluring. The organic beauty of a thirsty, broken desert floor,the solitude of an expansive valley and the knife-edge of a tall peak provide inspiration. Using a large palette knife and spackling paste, the surface is developed by applying thick, exaggerated strokes. As it dries, pieces of the surface often crack or flake off, creating the perfect accident. These unexpected marks replicate the physical feeling of standing barefoot in a dusty valley or sitting atop a mountain's windy summit. Essential to understanding one’s environment is the ability to captivate the senses.