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Seven students display at Figge Invitational

January  03, 2014

Senior Liv Reinacher with "Self Portrait (2013)."
Sophomore Nghia ‘Neil’ Quach with his work "Liebestraum, 2013." (Augustana Photo Bureau/Daisy Hoang '14)

Seven Augustana students participated in the College Invitational 2013 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The exhibit continues through Feb. 9, 2014, in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery.

The annual exhibit displays work by students from Ashford University, Augustana, Black Hawk College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Scott Community College, St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa.

Augustana students in the exhibit, and their statements about their work on display:

Junior Elizabeth DeMay "Ajna Meditation of the Thousand Petal Lotus; 2013," (ceramic, gold leaf)

"This artwork addresses not only the challenging physical aspects of yoga, but the mental and spiritual realms. In my self-portrait I am in an air of relaxed meditation; my enlightened Buddha-Fox resting over my Ajna Chakra. This is believed to be the gateway to one's intuition, perception, and inner wisdom and when balanced, creates a higher sense of awareness and connection with the larger universe. By placing the Buddha-Fox, his tail extending from the Muladhara to Sahasrara Chakra, over my "Third Eye Chakra," this piece is representative of the theory of meditating to reach a state of universal consciousness."

Senior Erin Williams, "Othala, 2013" (cardstock, ink)

"Othala is the rune of what is truly important to oneself - a symbol of heritage and family values, as well as spiritual journeys and abundance. Since the Viking Age people have been using these symbols to predict or elicit change in their lives, calling on the Norse deities to aid them in their religious journey. In this piece, various families of the Norse pantheon are depicted using paper sculpture techniques. Using multiple types of ink, powders, and pigments, flat paper is brought to life in a vibrant and colorful form very different from most Viking art, but which captures these timeless deities in a modern light."

First-year Emily Grooms, "Octopus tea pot" (stoneware, 2013)

"I've worked with clay for four years in high school, however, I am just now beginning to learn the joys of wheel throwing. I like to combine the cylindrical and symmetrical components made on the wheel, with whimsical, creative hand built sculpted elements. I enjoy maintaining a functional form while incorporating "the best of both worlds" in technique.

Kaleigh Wall '13, "Hanging ‘13" (wool, foam, wire)

"Hanging developed out of an idea from artist, Augusto Esquivel, who takes sewing buttons and creates hanging sculptures such as a harp, cello, fire hydrant, and a full upright piano. He explains, "I realize how insignificant and small a simple sewing button can be as it lays in my grandmother's sewing box, but at the same time how unique and precious it can become as part of a work of art." While he takes many small objects and turns them into large piece, I wanted to try taking a small object and make it larger and more noticeable."

Senior Liv Reinacher, "Self Portrait (2013)" (oil and chalk on canvas)

"This self-portrait explores the representation of a larger image through broken up areas of color. It is inspired by the works of Lucian Freud who used shapes of different neutral hues to create figurative paintings. The fascination with this way of painting is that it manages to capture the structure and essence of the human body with a misleading ease. It is expressive without the loss of the original image."

Sophomore Nghia ‘Neil' Quach, "Liebestraum, 2013" (oil on canvas)

"'Liebestraum'" was painted and named after Liszt's piano piece of the same name. What I tried to paint on the canvas was a small part of the feeling that I carried with me throughout my summertime, and back to the States. As such, I decided that the use of vibrant colors, thick paint application and an odd perspective was definitely the best way for me to carry out that purpose. These three elements are what I think the strong point of "Liebestraum," and also my favorite thing about the painting."

Senior Amelia Ruzek, "The Improvisation Series, ‘13" (mixed media)

"'The Improvisation Series' is a collection of digital renderings that reflect a nonrepresentational, abstract expressionist aesthetic. My work is influenced by deconstructionist architecture, art, and design - particularly that which resembles a science-fiction type structure. The element of line is especially important in these pieces - both in the dynamically sharp and more organic forms. From skills in clay sculpting, I've expanded toward 3D digital sculpting that prove artistic and creative independence. The absence of color draws attention to the pure artistic qualities of the forms that were built slowly and deliberately solely from the imagination. As a designer, I hope to utilize and expand these ideas in the future."

Sam Schlouch
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