Unity in Dissonance : Studio Art 2015

Unity in Dissonance, the oxymoron that is the Studio Art show for the 2015 students, shows us a small but varied show in the SPU Art Center. With only four Studio Artists this year, the showcase is smaller but still embodies a variety of work. There is a strong connection to each artist’s original style and we also see many techniques used to convey the story of the artist’s work.

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One of the stronger artists was Alanna Sadeghian. She took the concept of place and wanted to create an artistic expression of a place captured like a postage stamp would. Another method of stamp is to create a personal stamp, which is what Alanna did. She made her own designs and using tools, cut away at linoleum to create a stamp of a postage stamp. Each design was hand carved, painted and hand pulled to create these truly beautiful and detailed works of art. Overall, a personal favorite of the show as Alanna made clear her talent while had a great story behind her intention of creating.


Another artist in this showcase who has a very unique and refined style is Jasmine Johnson. Bright and beautiful colors capture the imagination of the viewer though Jasmine’s creative renderings of jellyfish. The use of contrast and form as well and precision in how Jasmine paints makes her work really stand out. Though the color can feel oversaturated or too bright at times, her decision to paint a more fantastical style with new creatures and combinations works well for her works. Overall, I really enjoy Jasmine’s creative jellyfish paintings, and her talent is very evident.


Morgan Sheppard wanted for her piece to use the concept of a self-portrait and create a more illustrative approach. She took the head shot of twenty different people that are important in Morgan’s life and then created a bitmap of each so that she could screen print each one onto a canvas. On top of each image, Morgan created her own artwork that she felt represented the individual and then applied this image on top of the portrait. Overall, her work shows great detail and visual interest due to her choice of color and form. This work feels more personal so as an outside audience it is more difficult to interpret and appreciate. Aside from this, the evident craft and concept behind the work is clear.

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The last and final artist is Jenell DeAndre. Jenell’s work is all photographic. She plays mostly with light and a long exposure to capture a nighttime scene at her families’ oyster farm. Her concept is to capture the feeling of working the nighttime shift. “These photographs are a tangible portrayal of how it feels to work on a night tide.”
Though the darkness shows the nighttime, I would disagree and say that this is not initially a “tangible portrayal” Though there is a dark and mysterious scene being portrayed, it is impossible to grasp from just viewing the images that this is a nighttime scene on the oyster farm. The word tangible does not fit with this more abstract and interpretive collection, as the initial view of the show is not a clear representation, but a more reflective one. Overall, Jenell’s work lacks the sense of depth and story that other artist’s present, however it still evokes that emotional interest that is necessary in any good showcase.


– Heather Dunmoyer


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