Seeking Solidarity: A Senior Thesis Show
April 14 – April 18, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 15: 5-8pm
Claire Fenwick, Untitled, 2014
Shoshana Browne-Gaiero, S. C. B., 2014
Kaitlyn Lampe, Untitled Sketch, 2013
Jason Fandel, Untitled, 2014
Chelsea Nee, Untitled, 2013
Angela Gravel, Untitled Series, 2014
Chelsea Stewart, Untitled, 2014
Chelsea Stewart grew up in a small town in upstate New York inquisitive about her family and the relationships that surrounded her growing up. She grasped at this chance to collaborate with the most important people in her life, and delve into her quest to find what love truly is. Chelsea works with recorded dialogues of multiple family members, spanning four generations, to spur her ideas. Her work has recently turned a corner within this thesis, translating into 3 dimensional pieces in her first installation. Wood, fabric, paper, text, found objects, and drawings stitch together her findings of where love is, how it changes, and how it is approached. Chelsea looks forward to continuing this body of work and expanding her practice even more.
Since childhood, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero has taken an interest in clothing and the way individuals tend to utilize materials as an extension of themselves. For this project, Shoshana wanted to create portraits of people she knew by using fabric to describe their physical and psychological traits. The clothing and fabrics in each piece were gathered from thrift stores as well as from the subjects themselves. In choosing materials, Shoshana placed importance on the history attached to them, as reference to her subjects through the life of the garments. Implied framing was drawn as a nod to traditional painting and to further encapsulate each subject's personality. Would they be inside or outside the box? Texture, pattern and color were deeply considered in each portrait. Not everyone is a neon green plush.
Angela Gravel is a sculptor from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her work deals with the issues of body image and body variance. By isolating certain areas of the body she allows for the viewer to identify and recognize certain aspects about their own bodies within the sculptures to encourage the viewers to embrace these features that they may also possess or overlook. She is also exhibiting a series of ceramic works completed and fired under the technique of raku smoke firing.
Kaitlyn Lampe is a painter from Bayville, New Jersey. She paints the dilapidated interiors of an abandoned paper mill in western New Hampshire. Her body of work focuses on the structures in the mill, the architecture, and color in and around the mill itself. The paintings are a testament to the building and its resilience despite being vulnerable and unpreserved since its closure in the early 2000s.
Chelsea Nee is a photographer from Naples, Maine. Growing up she lived with her mother and grandparents in one home. This caused her to develop strong emotional attachments with these people. With the event of losing those people her seminar work was created. Her seminar work consists of combining architectural details with elements of historical family photographs and creating collages and installations; that explore the grieving process as well as the path back to life without the people that were lost.
Claire Fenwick’s art work is focused primarily on character design through the full realization of wearable costumes. Using world building and a variety of mediums she creates a story around the characters. The story is presented to the viewer in a gallery as if there is a tear in reality and another is bleeding into ours.
Jason Fandel is a Printmaker hailing from Tewksbury Massachusetts who specializes in silkscreen printing by hand and pattern design. His Artworks are almost exclusively printed in Fluorescent UV inks. His work plays with numerology and light phenomena mainly White light, Black light, and zero light. He is interested in design and illusions that give the viewer an interpretive visual experience. The works have three dimensional elements that make his work seem to hover off the wall. His work is inspired by Rorschach ink blots, symmetry, and the Fibonacci sequence.
Chelsea Stewart – Castleton-on-Hudson, New York
Shoshana Browne-Gaiero – Bradford Massachusetts
Angela Gravel – Gloucester, Massachusetts
Kaitlyn Lampe – Bayville, New Jersey
Chelsea Nee – Naples, Maine
Jason Fandel - Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Claire Fenwick - Lancaster, Lancashire
Memoraphilia (Featuring Artists: Ania Gruca, Emily Fung, Elizabeth Paddock) and AHA! (Featuring Artists: Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey and Amanda Hawkins) Senior Thesis Exhibitions are concurrently being held at Porter Mill Gallery & Mingo Gallery and 301 Gallery (Beverly, MA).
For information on these exhibitions including gallery hours and reception times, please visit: Studios at Porter Mill and Mingo Gallery blog
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