Seniors concentrating in sculpture art host exhibit

Lucy Bennett, Contributing Writer

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Seniors Elizabeth Schmitz and Aaron Kim will host a collaborative sculpture exhibit April 9-15. Photo by Elizabeth Kerin.

University of Dallas seniors Elizabeth Schmitz and Aaron Kim, both concentrating in sculpture, decided to join their creative forces in a joint senior show opening this Saturday.

Alongside their art concentrations, Kim is studying theology, and Schmitz is studying economics. She is one of the first students to combine a sculpture concentration with an economics degree.

The collaborative art exhibit combines their unique yet contrasting styles into a series of mostly metal, wood and acrylic pieces.

Kim’s show, called “Oblivium Natura,” will consist of six or seven sculptures in both wood and acrylic, some of which are kinetic, so the viewers will be able to interact with the art piece: turning the handles, playing with them and watching them move.

“A lot of my work has to do with the way we forget nature, because we see these movements so often and take these movements for granted,” Kim said. “The movements are natural, ones we see every day.”

Kim’s sculptures will present a uniform and concrete effect, while Schmitz’s style will create an inventive effect on the viewer.

Schmitz works in both metal and wood and has created eight abstract pieces meant to emotionally move the viewer.

You have to come to the show to learn the title,” Schmitz said.  “My half of the show is abstract to begin with, so having an abstract idea wouldn’t be a bad thing!”

Schmitz’s method complements her abstract style.

“My style is an abstract, go-with-the-flow method,” Schmitz said. “The day I sketch it is one thing, and it looks different once it’s done. It depends on my mood and how the materials are working for me. Mine are abstract, but my goal is to tailor the craftsmanship so that it is not chaotic. Each of them became an explosive element, so I can remember what I was thinking or feeling when I was making them.”

Schmitz describes her art as more reflective of emotions than Kim’s concrete, mechanical sculptures.

The unique and enticing visual expressions of the two seniors will come alive in the Haggerty Art Village Upper Gallery, where viewers may indulge in the artists’ distinct styles.

Schmitz and Kim’s senior exhibitions will be open to the public from April 9-15.

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