Exhibition features mixed-media work of Honors Art students

March 15, 2010

McDaniel Honors Art students will present "That's What She Said," a mixed-media exhibition March 23-April 2 on campus in the Esther Rice Gallery of Peterson Hall. Artists will be available 7-9 p.m. March 23 to discuss their work, which includes frog sculptures so life-like they almost croak, paintings and sculpture that portray injured brains, fiber-sculpture dandelions 8-feet tall, and portraits that beautify road kill.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information and gallery hours, call 410-857-2595.

“This year’s Honors Art exhibition continues to showcase the excellence and diversity in art that our seniors are able to deliver,” says Steve Pearson, associate professor of Art and Art History and director of Rice Gallery. “All of the work in the exhibition is expertly crafted, and well thought out, giving us a glimpse of six young artists with promising futures in art if they choose to pursue it.”

Among the six students pursuing departmental honors, two reference nature, but for different reasons and with different results, Pearson says. One student focuses on body image and eating disorders with dramatic effect, while another does painting and sculpture that illuminate the effects of brain injuries on memory loss, referencing a personal tragedy in her own life. The fifth student also works in mixed media, but creates creatures that inhabit a world akin to our own, but wholly invented, and the sixth student does beautiful paintings that juxtapose decorative print and wildlife in their final repose.

The students, all seniors, exhibiting in the Honors Art Exhibition include:

Amanda Beck-Mauck, who works in multiple media to create paintings, assemblage, sculpture, and prints that create a world where fantasy and reality collide with surreal results.

Kim Clemens (photo not available), who uses multiple media to bring attention to many issues related to body image and eating disorders. Her work is both beautiful and disturbing, creating an awareness to what is often an invisible affliction.

Rachel Held, who employs many types of fabric to create soft sculptures that illustrate the cyclical nature of life in a way that is comforting. Held hopes to bring back our childhood fascination with the beauty and comfort nature can provide.

Tyler Mullan, who works in multiple media addressing the effects of humans on different ecological systems and on nature in general. She focuses her work on “bio-indicators,” such as amphibians, honey bees and coral reefs, working in clay, wax and drawings using litmus paper.

Jessica Paskowski, whose oil paintings of road kill bring beauty to the overlooked and importance to the forgotten. She also combines drawings and photography to cast a humorous light on such bizarre laws as the one in Tennessee, which makes it illegal to lasso a catfish.

Amelia Reineger, who works in multiple media, focusing on brain injuries and memory loss. Reineger uses color to show how a brain's capacity to function is effected by injury or illness, and with her use of color brings beauty and abstraction to a very personal subject.