Angel Hou (senior, graphic design) and Jasmine St. Hillaire (senior, art therapy) presented their senior exhibitions on Tuesday, April 25 in the art gallery in Harrigan Hall. The exhibitions will remain on view for the rest of the week.
Hou’s project, “What if,” is a collection of pastel, dream-like images of motifs often associated with childhood. One, for example, is a wooden music box in the form of a carousel. These objects are composited together with clouds in soft pinks, blues, and purples.
In her statement, Hou says, “When time passes by and you become discouraged, and forget about your beautiful dreams…it is then that you should remember the way back to your secret garden. Enjoy the sunshine…Let courage, happiness, hope, and love flow into your heart.”
In her project, Hou seeks to portray this space where reality meets dreams.
Hou said she “appreciates if people take time to think about the artwork and relate it to their life…to think about what their dream is, and how to make it come true…to make themselves shine.”
Each image provides a space for this quiet reflection, and many are abstract enough to be accessible to people regardless of their backgrounds.
St. Hilliare’s project, “Roots,” is a collection of eleven watercolor portraits of her daughter. Each portrait captures her daughter in a different activity: testing makeup, wearing a mask, and trying on her mom’s high heels.
St. Hillaire emphasized that none of the images are staged, and she wants to capture the free moments of everyday life.
In her statement, St. Hillaire says, “These paintings are glimpses of my daughter’s development during this period of time. They present themselves as evidence of her introspective exploration as she finds her place in the world. I examine not only societal influences, but also my personal influence as a single mother and primary stable role model in her life…I have explored the idea of what makes people themselves.”
As an art therapy student, St. Hillaire has taken many psychology classes. This influenced the theoretical side of the thesis. This aspect of her project was a consideration of the nature versus nurture discussion in the formation of identity.
In the introduction to her work, St. Hillaire states, “At what point do we begin finding ourselves? My series explores the concept of identity in the simplest sense.”