For senior studio art major Andrea Volpe, the display during the Senior Art show on April 20 was just a small portion of what she did this year. Volpe noted her progression from smaller pieces to larger ones and mentioned that inspiration for her work drew from her personal experiences.
“The physical gestures allow me to escape negative energy and drawings are what pushed my sense of space and color,” she said. “I use whatever energy I have, whatever stems from my subconscious.”
Volpe has tried various forms of art, including sculpture, but feels that painting offers her the most raw form of expression. Much of her art stems from negative experiences with harmful people in her life.
“I covered his words with my art and in a sense, I am taking it back, reclaiming it,” she said. “Each painting goes through a meticulous process and analyzing and editing. I have an active creative process where I move around a lot and that’s why they have large gestural forms.”
Volpe plans to move to Las Vegas upon graduation, where she hopes to pursue a teaching degree in art education.
“I really enjoy working with young people because their imagination is so raw and not tapped into,” she said.
Senior Ruth Holmes’ work is centered around the self, memories and intimate experiences with her partner. Seeing the way people were not accepting towards her relationship with her partner made her want to portray it through her work.
“It is celebration of queer sexuality in a visceral form of painting that is moving and shifting while trying to give an accurate portrayal of that experience,” Holmes said.
Holmes started working with this subject matter in the wake of President Trump’s election.
“I felt like I couldn’t be silent. I needed to talk about what mattered because we are in a state where someone could take our freedom away,” she said.
In terms of the powerful feminist artists and video artists that she draws inspiration, Holmes is most inspired by their honesty, whether it be about themselves or their gender.
With a double major in Art History, she plans to work with archive collections. However, she plans to continue working in an art studio. She hopes to work more with video and language.
“To have your own show is amazing,” Holmes said. “Initially I was nervous that I had to talk in front of a crowd but but now you get a less harsh critique and different feelings of affirmation. It’s nice to see so many new points of view from the many people that came to see it.”