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Dec 06

Senior Thesis Exhibition "Day by Day" Opening Reception

Friday 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Image: Elinor Thomas, An Apple a Day, 2019, digital image using photos of painted works

Marymount University
Senior Thesis Exhibition: Day by Day 

Jessie Clemons
Madison Gerisch
Dina Naddy
Madison Taylor
Elinor Thomas

December 6, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Marymount University invites the public to a free opening reception for the Senior Thesis exhibition, “Day by Day,” from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 6 in the Barry Gallery.

The exhibition is a series of meditations on issues affecting us, other creatures, and the planet on a daily basis. Clemons’ delicate prints and drawings reveal beauty in forms of death that are part of the quotidian experience on her family farm. Gerisch uses satire in her prints to raise awareness of human-caused climate change. Naddy focuses on the relationship between climate change and endangered species in paintings and painterly monotypes. Taylor’s mixed-media collages send hard-hitting messages on the realities of being female in America. Thomas’ gouache paintings contrast rigid food logs kept while in treatment for an eating disorder with a new mindset, freedom, and balance in recovery.

The Barry Gallery, located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount, 2807 North Glebe Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. (The Reinsch Library and Barry Gallery entrance is at 26th Street, just north of Yorktown Boulevard. Access for individuals with disabilities is available.)

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Location: Barry Gallery

Jessie Clemons: “The purpose of my work is to create pieces that present the potential and often overlooked beauty in subject matter that is commonly seen as dark and somber, best expressed as ‘beauty in death.’ My art is heavily influenced by my life and experiences growing up on a farm raising animals and surrounded by woods. The animal imagery is meant to help ease the viewer into the subject of life and death as something that all creatures will experience. The scale and detailed line work encourage the viewer to come closer and feel the intimacy of each individual piece.”

Madison Gerisch: “Contemporary culture is inundated with facts on climate change from many scientists and research organizations. While receiving this well-researched information is positive, it can become normalized just as other modern-day societal problems can. With the creation of my prints, I hope to generate renewed interest in the discussion of climate change. My prints have a satirical focus as I am taking different species or environments from the planet and combining them with modern plastic products or other wasteful elements to create a metamorphic monster-like animal. I want the viewer to notice at first glance the comical aspect, but upon further viewing see that the image is ultimately about the environmental impact.”

Dina Naddy: “My paintings and monotype prints focus on climate change and how it links to the endangerment of species. My work is motivated by how people are aware of the dangers of global warming, yet are not taking quick action, since some situations do not directly affect them. Some of the issues I explore in my work include how plastic litter in the ocean can harm sea turtles; the recent Amazon rainforest wildfires, which destroy habitats of the animals there; and the melting ice glaciers affecting polar bears.”

Madison Taylor: “My work explores girlhood and womanhood in America through a contemporary feminist artistic perspective. I use mixed-media collage to visually communicate ideas associated with American feminine ideals. The work I have produced for this exhibition touches on the topics of sexualization, body autonomy vs. body objectification, and submission to an American beauty paragon. My work is reflective of the collective American societal memory of girlhood and womanhood. I also draw from personal experiences with the consequences and benefits of being born and raised with xx chromosomes in America.”

Elinor Thomas: “My art is closely tied to my personal experiences and my inner self through my struggle with an eating disorder. I have grappled with difficult issues in my life by using art as a coping mechanism and a process for growth and healing. For my thesis project, I am using images of rigid, repetitive meals which I photographed as part of my food log I kept in my first semester of college. This is contrasted with images of food in my recovered life. The intention is not to compare what I was eating at these different stages – but to show the difference in mindset through color, composition, and conveyed emotion. I painted the images from photos of my own, with the food on a small, intimate, six-by-four-inch scale using gouache paint.”