By: Rachel Brown ’20 and Casey Kim ’20
Visual arts students in Joe Medina’s photography and Katie Palmer’s clay and glass classes are showcasing their work in the Arlene Schnitzer Gallery in Wang Hall. The exhibit, named “Surface,” will run until Dec. 9.
Photos of different parts of the human body are hung up on the walls while a wide variety of ceramics are displayed on stands.
Student artists were able to demonstrate the unique interpretations of their artwork to their peers at the opening reception during break on Nov. 17.
Through the depth of the photography and the dimensions of the clay, the bystanders witnessed different forms of surface during the opening reception. Many ceramics have ridges, carved circles or holes in different shapes and sizes to further emphasize dimension. The smooth ceramics contrasting with the scratches from designs bring forth a display of a conflicting surface.
“Looking at things, there is more to it. Behind the surface there is a metaphorical surface, and in clay and glass there’s the surface of the actual material, the literal surface, so we kind of looked at where that was in clay,” Palmer said.
The newest art exhibit not only showed the students a different way to look at surface, but it also gave them a chance to showcase their work they have been producing since the beginning of the year.
“I like how [the pottery] starts from a shapeless blob and turns into something beautiful,” spectator Naomi Ogden `20 said.