Cummings Art Gallery: Story Telling

Starting the 5th of April until the 4th of May, a senior thesis art exhibit will be showcased at the Cummings Art Gallery entitled Story Telling. The exhibit will be featuring the artworks of different senior artists including Shannon Abernathy, Eva Kocieniewski, Jeff Annunziata, Rachel Mergenthaler, Kelly Fergus and Sabiha Mahmud Sumi.

There was a reception held on the weekend before the exhibit officially started and it was only for two hours, from 2 until 4 in the afternoon. The artists were there and the reception was free for the public.

Kocieniewski has a major in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She jokingly shared the reason why all of her artworks have very short names such as Folklore and Overgrown. According to her, she is really terrible when it comes to naming her paintings.

The pieces she created are categorized as mixed media and she made use of various materials like caulking gun, acrylics, collage, India ink, pressed flowers and metallic inks. She revealed that the exhibit presented a challenge to her since she is familiar working with projects on a smaller scale only and the type of materials she used are very limited.

Kocieniewski decided to go beyond her comfort zone for this particular project due to the desire to present a new challenge.

The main inspiration of the entire series is nature. Kocieniewski shared how her main inspiration has always been the nature around her and her previous works are proof to that seeing they all have theme related to nature. She is mesmerized by the contrast of nature and what connects the beautiful from the grotesque.

While nature is her main inspiration, she does not have a specific theme for her pieces. She said that any type of theme and story will only restrict her ability to portray something thus she works while exploring and experimenting at the same time in order to create her own themes in the process.

Another artist joining the exhibit is Mahmud who has a major in Graphic Design. He shared that his series is called I am a Woman and it consists of eight large canvas prints from the digital archive. The aim of his series is to tell a story about the roles woman play and the way society looks at them while they liberate themselves and present to the world the new identity of women.

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