Sweet Briar College will host an opening reception for its 2013 senior art majors’ thesis show at 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Pannell Gallery. “The Art of Uncertainty” highlights culminating work by Vianey Chavez, Virginia Graves, Danielle Hall, Madeline Hodges, Kaitlyn Holloway, Sally Toms and Jennifer Will.
The largest senior art exhibition in years, it boasts a wide array of themes and media, from explorations of culture to celebrations of nature, from oil paintings to traditional mixed media to digital work.
“The show’s title is meant to reflect the different ways in which the artists attempt to grapple with the unpredictability and indefiniteness of life, either by embracing uncertainty through their media or by attempting to wrench thematic clarity from its grip,” said Holloway, whose artwork includes prints, as well as dolls made of kiln-fired and polymer clay. She uses natural homemade dyes created from local materials, such as walnuts found behind Sweet Briar House, for the dolls’ hair.
“My work explores femininity and various ideas that have been associated with femininity through the ages and in various cultures,” she said. “I am interested in exploring and elevating art forms that have been strongly associated with women and also considered frivolous.”
But there are many other themes that inspire Holloway’s art.
“Through my prints and dolls, I like to explore historical fashion, Christian iconography, the coming together of my Japanese and American heritages, folklores, feminine strength and death.”
“The Art of Uncertainty” runs until May 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Special gallery hours are available by appointment. The show is supported in part by a fund established by Carl and Barbara Calandra, parents of Amy Calandra Davis ’90.
Vianey Chavez is a studio art major with a business minor from Menlo Park, Calif. Her work, which varies in medium from printmaking to digital collage, is a celebration and exploration of her experience as a Mexican-American. Her artwork often features the motif of a decorative skull typical of Day of the Dead celebrations, an image that represents a new start.
Virginia Graves is a studio art major and art history minor from Appomattox. Her work and medium vary widely, though paint appears in almost all of her pieces. She is interested in how the media she uses inspire the outcome of her pieces. She has recently begun to experiment with sculpture.
Danielle Hall is a studio art major from Altavista. She is interested in the way light, water and color interact and explores this interaction in both paintings and photography. The serendipitous movement of paint on canvas inspires most of her paintings, while her photographs are informed by her work with lighting in the theater.
Madeline Hodges is a studio art and art history double-major with an Arts Management Certificate from Fort Belvoir. Her work mainly consists of three-dimensional pieces, including ceramics and sculpture, with themes reflecting her interest in impossible situations and the power and pervasiveness of the natural world.
Kaitlyn Aki Holloway is a studio art major with a minor concentration in creative writing in the B.F.A. program from Oceanside, Calif. She creates prints and dolls that explore themes of feminine strength paired with Christian iconography, historical fashion and a touch of the absurd.
Sally Anne Toms is a B.F.A. major in studio art with a concentration in creative writing and another major in business. She uses linoleum cuts, wood engravings and paper-cutting to explore her dual British and American nationality, her childhood ex-patriotism, and investigations into the way the natural world manifests itself in her childhood memories of England.
Jennifer Will is a philosophy and studio art double-major from Columbia, Md. Her oil paintings are inspired by ideas and concepts she finds through reading classics and philosophy and unusual juxtapositions of natural objects and human figures. Thematically, she is interested in exploring the different ways in which we encounter the unknown.