Cultural Arts Review

10 01 2011

Abby Murray-Nikkel

Mr. Haning

Varsity Chorus 1st period B

January 10, 2011

Cultural Arts Review-PTA Art Show


I got to go to our very own Terry Sanford PTA Art Show, where students in all levels of art classes got the opportunity to display their work. I was very impressed by the talent and hard work that many of my fellow classmates show in their art. There were different types of medias represented: painting, sketching, photography, and sculpture. The art was organized by artists, and this made the differentiating styles of different students obvious, and I enjoyed seeing the contrast in their styles.

An example of this contrast was between one student whose style was clean cut and cheerful, portraying things like flowers in a vase or a chic living room scene, and another student, Becca Benson, whose work was more dark, while also being more creative and deep. She displayed a series of photographs that portrayed negative emotions, but ones that caught my attention and made me think about their meaning. One featured an above view of a dresser that was all out of order and falling apart, entitled “Neglected.” There was dust everywhere and it had no color. It was ragged and it, to me, represented cuts and bruises of someone who has been hurt and who feels alone. It showed the emotions of someone who feels that no one has taken care of them, just as no one took care of the dresser. Another photograph by the same artist called “Alive” showed the palm of a hand with a single drop of blood running down it. The blood was a deep red, while everything around it was black and white; this colorful contrast was a powerful tool that emphasized the pain. Overall, this artist’s series of photographs symbolized pain, hardship, brokenness, and a lack of feeling wanted.

One painting that I was very impressed with was a self-portrait by Hunter Stutts. He portrayed a hand holding a mirror, and in the mirror you could see his bedroom. The bedroom consisted of a picture of a duck, maybe representing his love of nature, a Terry Sanford academic letter to show his interest in school and learning, a chair which had fallen on the floor, and a broken mirror on the wall. The chair could show that he has fallen down before, and the mirror could represent brokenness or possibly a shattered self-image. What called my attention the most was something on his wrist-a carolina blue bracelet saying “Maxwell Family.” The fact that he made this bigger than anything else in the painting shows that it consumes a big part of his life.

Another set of work that I thought was particularly interesting was a series of pictures of an old penitentiary by Megan Washam. One entitled “Walk of Shame” peered down a corridor with yellow rusted walls that were falling apart against dark black doors. Everything looked dirty and the picture is skewed as if the camera was tilted to the side when it was taken. At the end of the corridor there is only darkness. This could represent someone’s path in life: their perspective is skewed and it eventually ends in darkness. Another photograph from the same series called “The Eye” is looking up at an outside penitentiary wall, which is broken and rusty. A camera sticks out of the wall, and the overall mood of the picture is eerie–it looks as if someone is watching you.

Overall, the art show represented a variety of medias, styles, and perspectives, and it gave me the chance to look for underlying meaning and symbolism which are useful when trying to understand all types of things.




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