MAY 5–MAY 26, 2013
Compound Vision: MFA Thesis Exhibition
This exhibition showcases works by students created for their graduate degrees in the Mills College MFA Studio Arts program.
This annual exhibition is the culmination of the two-year Master of Fine Arts program in Studio Art. Featuring work by artists: Evan Barbour, Claire Colette, Lauren Douglas, Keegan Luttrell, Nadja Miller, Barbara Obata, Meri Page, Simon Pyle, Jenny Sharaf, Kate Short, Katherine Warner.
If art is an imitation of life, then Evan Barbour's work mimics a hybrid life, where specimens get mashed up and revitalized as miniature sculptures.
Claire Colette works in drawing, painting and sculpture to explore the immediate and the infinite. Working with abstraction and repetitive mark making she is de-constructing experiences to explore our shifting interpretations of what is known, what is real and how we see.
Lauren Douglas works with photography and installation to explore how we perceive reality and how we operate within the constraints of the space-time continuum.
Keegan Luttrell uses installation, sculpture and photography to explore psychological responses to thrill and fear.
Nadja Eulee Miller works in sculpture, performance and collaboration to examine how rituals facilitate interaction through a given framework of trust.
Barbara Obata scavenges materials from her immediate area for inspiration. She reconstitutes rejected sticks, boards, clay and debris from a maximum distance of 100 yds. from her studio and forms them into alternate objects.
Working with cyanotype, sand, salt, and raw pigments, Meri Page creates meticulously crafted landscapes that call into question the authentic and artificial, reality and fantasy.
Simon Pyle uses photography and video to explore digital reduction and noise inherent in today’s visual technology. Through a focus on visual loss, the work considers what is discarded in a world dominated by representation and simulacra.
Jenny Sharaf explores the mythology of the California blonde through painting, video and installation. Strongly influenced by the folklore of cinema history and the vernacular of LA, she investigates the female's relationship to the camera as it pertains to contemporary feminism.
Kate Short works with sound, space, light, and commodified objects to explore states of unrest. Through the juxtaposition of conflicting elements–imposed intimacy or deceptive seduction–she challenges the viewer to be the ultimate arbiter of their experience.
Using video, installation and performance, Katy Warner analyzes the human desire to find logic in an overwhelming and sometimes fictitious world.
This exhibition is supported through the generosity of Bill and Wendy Hull Brody '68.