The Creation of the Seahorse by Thomas


A juried student art exhibit, "Out of Bounds: Art in All Dimensions," is now on view in the Fine Arts and Design Library on the fourth floor of George Pearl Hall. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. The artists will give brief talks about their work beginning at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 4, 2011.

Exhibition juror Ligia Bouton, assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Foundations, says the artists "are all interested in the representation of bodies, but choose to splinter and fracture its form – partitioning, severing, reconfiguring and isolating the body in order to both generate provocative narratives and recontextualize the familiar."

The selected artists, including undergraduate students, non-degree students, and one Tamarind student, describe their work as follows:

Jennifer Scheuer says, "As a figurative artist, I find the feminist argument that the body cannot escape objectification or the male gaze limiting. Through the process of research, writing and lecturing on how contemporary and historical art contextualizes the body, I came to realize that the discussion of the body as object fit both my feminist voice and religious upbringing."

Alyssa Russo describes her work as, "somewhat research based, and concerned with systems. I often paint with references on the microscopic level, because the openness in the abstracted forms from images of the body's interior inspires me."

Robert Stembridge notes the role of deconstruction in his work. "It seeks to investigate what is known by eliminating oppositions, the center, and everything that is assumed to be ‘known'. This is accomplished by focusing on paradoxes and conflict."

Leslie Ayers "paints in order to cultivate beauty, oddity and metaphor. I create abstract narratives derived from my awe in and synthesis of natural landscape, architecture and my own subjective response to and perception of these elements."

Jean Kempinsky describes her work as "evolving over 30 years, using stone and found objects. I am using Roadrunners as a vehicle for my ideas, because they are in and out of my studio and I can't get them out of my mind."

Jessie Raney notes that in her work "there is a resounding theme of portraiture. I have an intense desire to reveal the intimate feelings and experiences of the people around me, as well as moments from my own life. Digital photography allows me the luxury of capturing a moment in time, whether constructed or existing, and allow others to revel in it."

Emma Difani describes her intent "to create a line of jewelry that uses bugs, instead or large jewels or beads, as the centerpieces for unique and alluring pieces of jewelry. From a distance, the bees or roaches appear merely to be another bead on the string, pretty and commonplace, but upon further inspection the viewer discovers the unsettling truth: those beads are real insects strung on a necklace."

Brent Thomas is influenced by the beautiful New Mexico landscape. "I see the sky here as a vast treasure of blue, of azul, richer than lapis lazuli or turquoise. Though born by the Pacific, I now see water as a rare vein of silver, as treasure flowing in the Rio Grande, in acequias, in Bosque del Apache."

For more information including complete artist statements visit Out of Bounds: Art in All Dimensions or e-mail Susan Hessney-Moore,