We come to know God through our encounter with Beauty,” Sarah Cosgray, one of the seven senior art students presenting their work at the upcoming senior art shows, said. Each of the students has his own reason for creating art, and this is, for Cosgray, the most compelling.
With the end of the semester drawing near, it is time for the senior art shows to open around campus. For these seven art students — five painting, one printmaking and one ceramics — the bulk of their thesis consists of this show, which also provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work.
This is an exciting chance to see the capstone work of the talented art seniors.
In some ways, the work they have done in their majors during the past four years has culminated in this display of their individual artistic capabilities for the entire University of Dallas community.
Cosgray will be displaying her show, “Luminous Epiphany,” in the Art History building. The inspiration for her title comes from a letter that Pope Saint John Paul II wrote to artists in which he talks about beauty and moments of epiphany related to art.
Her show consists of eight paintings of nature scenes, inspired by both her home in rural Houston and places around UD’s campus.
“There is a lot of beauty in light in the atmosphere where specific space is affected by the lighting and the time of day,” Cosgray said.
She hopes that onlookers will simply enjoy the experience of beholding her paintings.
Maria Hotovy, another painting major, also incorporates landscapes into her show, “A Region Called Pathos,” in the Loggia of the Art History building. Using oil paints to show different emotional states and experiences, Hotovy switched from painting people to using landscape to achieve this goal. Her show will have 25 pieces of various sizes. Catharsis is part of her goal, with the hope that viewers will put themselves into the work.
“Ideally, I would like everyone who comes to the show to be affected by or personally relate to at least one of the pieces,” Hotovy said.
The three other painting majors who have their senior shows up are Dario Bucheli, Monica Kaufman and Hugo de los Santos. Bucheli’s show, “Thoughts and Meditations,” is in the Upper Gallery in the Art Village and Kaufman’s show, “Family Portraits,” is displayed in the Fishbowl.
“I aim to capture some of the most essential moments that have comprised my own life, which ended up becoming a series of paintings about familial relationships and situations that shaped and formed me into who I currently am,” Kaufman said.
Kaufman’s show consists of seven paintings that are between static and moving images. This reflects the nature of each moment she has chosen to paint as it remains in her memory.
“I hope that viewers can experience and understand the objective family dynamic, while also experiencing a subjective, personal perspective of this universal concept,” Kaufman said.
De los Santos’ show, “The Lie and the Mirror,” is displayed in the Science Building. His show is a series of self-portraits, which he hopes will reflect the difference between how we look at ourselves and how others look at us. The process illustrated an attempt to find a means of self-expression, and he hopes that viewers will be “more self-conscious and think about how other people see them.”
Madeline Pelletier, printmaking major, will also display her show in the Upper Gallery. Her show, “If You Think So,” consists of 12 printed pieces visually displaying themes of hands, landscapes and textures. Her show is about assumptions and the meanings of phrases and intentions; for example, the connotations we tend to have due to tonality of voice and emotional association with colors.
Like de los Santos, Pelletier’s inspiration for her show is related to the process of the art itself, specifically, allowing mistakes to work together in printmaking. She will be framing her pieces untraditionally, with some pieces unframed and others with partial wood framing.
Cecilia Lang is a ceramics major, and is presenting her show, “Supraliminance: Growing Things,” in Gorman. She has created 10 to 12 pieces that are all botanical forms but not quite ordinary, giving a twist to the theme of natural growth.
“I think nature is one of the most beautiful things — and [I] attempt to point to the beauty of nature,” Lang said.
Her inspiration for this show arose from her realization that people tend to overlook the beauty present in the ordinary, and she hopes her show will inspire people to wonder and appreciate what we usually overlook in the daily bustle.
The artistic inspiration of these seven talented undergraduate senior students provides an opportunity to stop and ponder what is truly important for each of us in our own lives.
The shows officially open on April 27 and will be displayed through May 6. On May 6, from 7-9 p.m., the seniors will have receptions for their shows. All are invited to attend.