EOU presents senior capstone exhibit
LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery will present “A Body of Work,” the final senior capstone exhibition of spring term featuring graduating art majors Sarah Anderson, Jasmine Brookshire and Crystal Rainwater.
The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 and encompasses a variety of works including sculpture, drawing and photography.
The ever-changing categorization of what is socially acceptable influences the work of these three artists. The show incorporates the theme of escaping from social constructs of modern reality, and the diversity of the exhibit addresses issues within modern culture of social justice, personal image and the expression of the imagination.
About the artists
La Grande’s Sarah Anderson creates puppets from classic and reimagined characters of myth, making them as close to scale as possible to the original size of the creature that inspired them. Focusing as much on the act of creating the body as finding the life in an inherently lifeless form, the effort put into a work — by both the artist and the viewer — is the defining character of the piece for Anderson.
Often incorporating real bone and fur into her pieces, Anderson tends to focus on the more morbid or off-putting tales to play into viewers’ survival instincts.
Anderson chose puppets as a way to engage herself and the viewer in an experience that exists in and outside of reality.
Jasmine Brookshire, also of La Grande, layers together different parts of the human form to create figure drawings in charcoal and chalk pastel. The figural gesture drawings use a variety of parts of the human forms’ anatomy in order to create a new human form. The work takes away the sense of the individual as the portions of people are put together, regardless of race or gender, to create a sense of equality.
For Brookshire, the process of creating the figures serves as a way to describe the invention of one’s sense of self. The human need to categorize individuals into groups to create a further sense of separation is a historical human trait that influences the process of the work. Brookshire uses it to process her own categorization in her life.
Crystal Rainwater, of Richland, uses medium format film to create self-portrait photographs. With these photographs, she explores the relationship between the private individual’s comfort and the public burden of beauty expected of 21st century women.
The process helps Rainwater liberate herself from societal ideals and embrace the beauty along with the comfort of the nude form. The images bring to mind the idea of lounging odalisque women from a forgotten time. At the same time, they convey a contemporary feel that comments on self-acceptance.
See “A Body of Work” through May 26 in the Nightingale Gallery in Loso Hall at EOU. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.