Students of Abigail Ytzen-Handel's Design IV class 2019
This Is Not the End
artists: Taylor Axtmann, Katelyn Dyer, Somara Chea, Elizabeth Girard, Erika Hall, Mary McKinney, Nicole Valli, Michaela Lick, Kasey Hayes, Emily Ciccarell, Vi Khuc, Natalie Prillaman, Winifred Penkethman
Nothing ever truly ends. Our experiences and interactions live on in us, permeating the ways in which we perceive and harmonize with the world around us.
This collaborative mural serves as a declaration that no matter how devastating the supposed end of one chapter may feel, there is overwhelming hope that what once existed in a space in time will remain extant within ourselves.
This is not the end because it simply cannot be.
All colors in this world come from the primary colors. Having them as foundations, people founded and created thousands and millions of colors which is essential to the art world. This piece expresses the basic idea of how colors combine and interact with each other through using the transparent materials and natural light.
We live in a world that pretends trash doesn't exist after it has left out hands. We toss it in bins and beside the road without allowing ourselves to think about it. As long as it is out of sight, it's out of mind, right? . . . But it can end up here, in our oceans. This trash is accumulated by the currents into places most will never see. But life is everywhere, even beyond where we can see, where we dump our garbage. And so many marine animals have to live with our waste. Now, you get to feel what it is like swimming under the floating trash that is inhabiting our oceans. Now, you have to live with it hanging over your head.
acrylic on bristol board cut-outs
Spring, the growth of plants and flowers, is a process of renewal and rebirth. The earth takes what is dead and buried in dirt and transforms it into beautiful and new life. I have always admired this natural making process, and the organic forms of sturdy leaves and intricate petals. My own process was to start with sketches of actual plants, mostly tulips, and transform them into cut-outs that emphasize their growth. I painted them with various colors of new buds and leaves and tried to arrange them in a way that displays their natural patterns.
galvanized, stainless, and copper wire, tree branch
We doodle in the margins of our notes and let our pen create flat little worlds on paper, but there is also such thing as drawing in space: three-dimensional drawing. Copper and silver wire, instead of pencil, "draw" a line in the air that wraps and circles the branch. I tried to show how wire, something strong and stiff, can be whimsical and seem to be in motion. The wire was clipped, twisted, spun, wrapped, and knotted to try to make it look like the wire is growing around the tree branch, forming leaves and blossoms, reflecting fragments of light, and wrapping around the broken branches floating off. Different thicknesses of wire were used to show density and growth in some areas, while letting space exist in other areas, even giving enough space that some branches would seem to be floating in air; to allow for a hint of fantasy. The tree branch was unexpected as it became the centerpiece: shout-out to the beautiful tree by Ferrin who "donated" a branch (don't worry, it had already fallen).
This piece is an expression of what happens when you listen to a single material and let the material dictate what the final sculpture form ends up being. Every connection, curve, fold, twist, or stretch is material expressing what it wants to form. The final piece aims to not take over the entirety of the space but rather to incorporate the surrounding environment. Whether that is incorporating the wall surrounding it or the viewer being intrigued by the material, the piece asks for the viewer to interact and ask questions and start a conversation that challenges what form a sculpture should be.
Numbers 9 talks about a time when the Israelites were faced with many opportunities to respond to or ignore God's calling. This piece represents the basic components of the story described in Numbers 9, a cloud and a tent. When the cloud would move on, the Israelites would follow. When the cloud stayed, the Israelites knew God had more in store for them there. There are times in our lives when we are called to move forward, and there are times when we are called to stay. It's up to us to figure out where and when God is moving the cloud. The lower half of this piece is made up of fabric strips, while the upper half is made of embroidery hoops and parts of stretched bed sheet. The material has been torn and woven intentionally to provide a visual for the kind of tent the Israelites would have lived in.
DRAWING AND A SENSE OF PLACE
These drawings are an exploration of place, memory, location, and space -- whether that sense is embodied in a person, a room, or a larger area. The artists were asked to create drawings as reflections on a sense of place, which resulted in this collection of meditative and observant images.