Innocence in Memories: Studio Art Senior Show- Heidi Humphrey and Esther Choe

These two senior artists are clearly passionate women who are creating to impact the world and satisfy their artistic drive. Heidi, an artist talented in all trades, focused on her photography for her show, photographing children in their deepest innocence. Esther’s guache paintings reminisced of her homes for her past to the present contrasting the hardness of the photographs to the softest of the paint. Together these women brought together a show of innocence and memories creating a place of comfort and home.

Heidi’s heart has always been loyal to showing the world and her love for people through photography. She focused on the innocence in the children by looking into their eyes, believing that the innocence can be somehow found there. Her photographs were centered on the walls around the size of 16”x24”, taking the attention of all viewers. The photographs were beautifully done, clearly Heidi has talent with the way cameras work. She is a clear artist with the camera and knows how to use them correctly. As much as I enjoyed the clear and colorful photographs, the way the children were captured did not show viewers the innocence of them through their eyes. The more I tried to see what Heidi wanted her viewers to see, I continued to only see flattened family photographs of children instead of a deeper understanding of the secrets children are holding from us. Even though Heidi’s vision did not come across to viewers, it is obvious that Heidi is talented with the camera, capturing others in a loving light.

Esther’s series of homes added color and playfulness to the hardness and reality of Heidi’s photographs. Esther was driven to create the series in homes due to her experience of living around the world as an army brat. From Korea, to California, to Washington, she reminisced of the memories made in these places using the one place that gave her comfort through the moves, her home. In every piece, the same house with slight changes was represented in a new setting. The main change that occurs is where exactly the house is, whether in between skyscrapers in Sol, Korea, in the Death Valley, or among the Puyallup fair. The colors are extremely playful and engagement sucking viewers into the pieces. As much as these are supposed to be representations of Esther’s memories, it seems more like a fantasy world and not a reality. The places are distorted and almost dreamlike in a flattened state. Esther could have put more depth visually into the piece, really throwing the viewers into her memories. The colors may not have been as realistic but Esther still created multiple worlds from her past. Esther opened up showing a playful world where she grew and began the artist who she is today.

Heidi and Esther’s art were both contrasting in medium but the overall curation of the exhibit was unbalanced and seemed less of a joint show. Heidi’s photographs dominated the gallery, while Esther’s pieces only covered one wall. There would have been a better balance if there were less photographs and Esther’s work more spread out instead of squished together in one space. As much as the curation was disproportionate, the women’s artwork shown through. Their passion and talent told stories of innocence and memories through guache paint and photographs of the present and past. Heidi and Esther, senior studio artists, showed their talents impacting the Seattle Pacific Art Center and their future careers as artists.

~Amanda Theel, Junior Art History Major

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