Xavier University and the Department of Art are pleased to present the work of three senior thesis students: Jaime M. DeFazzio, Fibers; Matthew Maloney, Prints and Sculpture; and Carly Renner, Ceramic Sculpture. The exhibition runs Friday, December 6 through December 13, 2013.
Jaime M. DeFazzio presents Mixed Media - a combination of mixed media art as well as a reflection of the mixed messages in modern media. These messages, the artist feels, are a major cause of body image and eating disorders in young persons. According to the artist “Nothing is more hurtful than reading through pro-eating disorder websites from girls and boys in their early teens whose only control in life is to manipulate their bodies. The media is inescapable today with modern technology and we are constantly inundated with images of over-sexed and under-fed ‘gods’ of beauty...These images aren’t real, and we perceive them to be real whether we realize it or not, and it’s what we strive towards: to be a perfect reflection of an imperfect idol.” A variety of fiber techniques are utilized from collage and silk rusting to gut sculpting and hand sewing. Textures and colors abound in the information-rich exhibition.
Matt Maloney presents Tenebrific Stagger – an exhibition containing two series of works, five small woodcuts and five large paintings on sculpted foam. While the two parts stand on their own, they become something more when considered together. The artist seeks to impact the viewer physically and emotionally with his work. Images of violence perpetrated by both humans and animals create a mythos that attempts to understand the experiences so overwhelming, it affects both body and mind.
Carly Renner presents ArMOR, a series of ceramics vessels. Appearances can be deceiving. People use their appearances as a mask to hide their internal emotions or to avoid unwanted confrontation. In nature many living things use their adaptations to protect themselves against predators. She uses her observations of them as an analogy for the human appearance. Animals and organisms such as a porcupine, hedgehog, turtle, wasp nest and beetles are some of her references. The vessels are created with a white clay body, pinched and coiled to a desired shape. The artist appliquéd coils to the surfaces to mimic the various protective manifestations found in models. The fired clay body is glazed, stained, or left untreated. The artist states, “We all have experienced things in our lives that we do not know how to talk about. I mask my emotions by my appearance. If my appearance is put together, then no one will ask questions. My appearance is my protection. The vessels represent the armor with which all organisms safeguard their lives.”
Please join us for the artists' reception on Friday, December 6th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.