Senior Art Thesis ’19

Senior Art Thesis ’19


I’m making a series of large pots that have
carved out floral designs. I’ve always enjoyed making large work, and
I also just really like flowers and the combination of a delicate flower blown up, increasing
the size and paying attention to something that’s not normally paid attention to. Right now what I’m working on, is I plan on
doing 6 pictures of what I find significant to me and important to North Carolina history. You have the Greensboro Four, you got Blackbeard,
just a whole range of different stuff. I go into that and just start to sketch it
out. Basically all of my pieces are sculptural
ceramics, so they’re all made out of clay. They’re like psychological portraits that
I’m doing, so every moment in my life either past, present, or the future, I represent
them through animal pieces. I study a certain animal or whatever comes
to my dreams that I have a connection with. And then I base my total idea off of that. Mostly I’ve been making decorative and functional
pieces that are jars and cups, like tea bowls. So I basically wanted to use my strengths
and keep growing them. For my senior thesis project I’m using painting
and collage to sort of explore ideas about womanhood and intimacy through exploring women’s
relationships with horses and relationships to the natural world. I’ve always worked with horses, so I sort
of have an affinity for that. I think painting can be super self-reflective,
and so it’s interesting to use art as an outlet to sort of explore yourself and your own ideas
and branching off of that. For my thesis project I carved three woodblock
trees and I’ve been printing them over and over again, over I think 60 times at least. Creating unique images that are based off
of the colors and textures that I really admire in nature. So my artistic process is a lot about setting
guidelines for myself. I try to use as minimal materials as possible
so it’s both good for me and the environment. And I just really love trees, and so I’ve
been doing woodblocks carved as abstract trees. In this class I’ve learned a lot about time
management. I’ve learned that time management is key. I am so bad at time management like, oh my
GOD. I’m just really bad at it. I learned to be confident and strong and advocate
for myself in this class. Because when a lot of people are looking at
your art, and they’re critiquing it, it’s just their opinion and they’re just trying
to help you. But it’s up to you to decide if you want to
take it or not. Having people in your field that also have
really different techniques that they use, you can always learn from them. We’re all in the same boat, we all gotta get
some stuff done. And it’s a good little community setting. I’ve never been one that’s really enjoyed
group work, but our senior thesis class of six of us are just basically a family and
we’re really there to support each other. It really definitely has inspired me to come
in here and see my friends, it’s motivation. I feel like we have all gotten to know each
other so well from this process of working together in a group and that’s been really
special to have each other to weigh on when we’re feeling stressed about something, or
just get each others artistic feedback. What makes Guilford the most special is the
community of people here. The faculty is a lot more hands on at Guilford
than I think at a lot of people are. Not in a way that they baby us, but in a way
that shows that really actually do care about us. I think particularly with doing thesis being
a part of the art department has been so transformative, and just a wonderful supportive community. And the building is wonderful, and we sit
out on the porch and we all share ideas. I used to be a really quiet, and very shy
person until I came to Guilford. And then I really just opened up a lot and
I started to talk more, I make bad jokes now openly with people. It’s just a really good experience coming
here and being in a community where I feel like I can be open and be truly myself.

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