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North

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "My work about place attachment and the physical markers within the landscape that I consider home - Minnesota. I am interested in space and place and where those two things intersect. Using a limited color palette, metalsmithing and enameling techniques, texture, drawing, and photographs, I imbue my work with the memories of the landscape. My work is about experiencing space and is meant to bring pause -a moment of quiet and calm.."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Sawyer, Jessica
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

“Drawback”

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "My work represents my personal experience with having learning differences such as Dyslexia, ADD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and others. I create pieces that reflect my thoughts, experiences, and the obstacles that I face daily. I utilize materials obtained from school desks as memories that reflect on the long periods of time we spend siting at desks in classrooms, during which we discover how to process information. To articulate these experiences, I create marks and drawings on recycled pieces of school desks. These marks indicate equations, words spelling, and information that mimics symbols from my own learning experience. Through the inclusion of hidden stones and drawings, I integrate positive associations and humor."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Thomson, Jason
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

The Walk

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "Photography lets one be a participant as a viewer and recorder of moments in the space around them. The impulse to capture moments is felt as urgent in our current social atmosphere, and the act of image making to depict true reflection and sense of the space around us seems to have gotten lost. My intention is to observe and make imagery of temporal details I see in place. Through the process of a walk, I emphasize being present in my current space and moment. Walking is an independent, autonomous action that allows one to witness, freeze and appreciate instances in time and place. The curiosity that sets a body in motion while walking lets the observer detect variation in a situation, and to never see the same thin g twice. My work presents glimpses of individual human trace, as well as transient marks seen in nature that one might miss because of the ephemerality of place and moment. It portrays awareness of the environment and expresses interest with the unknowns of life around us. By walking to observe my surroundings, I allow myself to discover hints of others’ lives, and to contemplate the individualistic details of strangers by making imagery that expresses human touch but is devoid of human presence. I also express how time plays a part in our lives and is shown and shared through details within the natural space around us. The photographs, video and audio transport the viewer outdoors and make them a participant of the walk. By experiencing the artwork as a walk, one can actively analyze and understand the connections the work makes with the mysterious details in the world and lives of others."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Smith, Kendra
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

On/Scenity

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "My work merges craft and queer iconography to reflect on my journey of is covering identity in the absence of a positive sexual role model. It has resulted in a body of work that is heavy with sex-toy imagery, and explores multiple disciplines including quilting, soft sculpture, crochet, and printmaking. Through this exploration of material, I humorously combine wholesome and taboo imagery in order to reclaim and confront sexual commodity, an industry that is heavily dominated by male pleasure. While questioning my own constructed identity, I use humor as a defense mechanism to ease into the conversation of Queer identity and the Queer female gaze."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Angelfish Prayers

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "Through my art I strive to raise awareness towards the protection of the ocean. Plastic pollution, over-fishing, species extinction, and nuclear waste are some of the problems I symbolize in order to create conversations around the issues and do my part in starting a wave of change. The ocean is one interconnected circulatory system for our plane,t so anywhere that humans are abusing the oceans, it affects us all. I hope to remind people of the sacredness of the sea in order to help renew our reverence and respect for it."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Wachal, Amy
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Potty Talk

Description: Artist Statement from the MFA Exhibition: "I create figurative sculptures that explore the anxieties and rituals of acceptance. These sculptures embody ambiguous, self-referential narratives that act as a resolution between myself and my anxieties. My work is primarily ceramic because clay is an extremely intuitive medium, allowing me to explore the figure from both an emotional aesthetic and an anatomical scrutiny. I am also interested in multiplicity and its visual relation to habits and rituals. Repetition can be a very calming activity, but it can cause adverse effects as well. I am interested in that fine line between compulsive and compulsory."
Date: May 2019
Creator: Larrabee, Teresa Kaye
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Blue is my Favorite Color

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, polyester thread (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2017
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Installation Shot

Description: Work of art in installation Shot (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Installation Shot

Description: Work of art in installation Shot (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Lube Series (Detail)

Description: Work of art in Cotton Fabric, Cotton Batting (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

I Bought Three

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, polyester thread (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2017
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Installation Shot

Description: Work of art in installation Shot (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Plugged In (Detail)

Description: Work of art in crochet and Knot Wool, Wool Roving (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2018
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Feeling Like a Princess

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, polyester thread (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2017
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Installation Shot

Description: Work of art in installation Shot (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Location Info:
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Lube Series

Description: Work of art in Cotton Fabric, Cotton Batting (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Location Info:
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

My Eyes were Bigger Than...

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, polyester thread (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2017
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Replacing a Good Thing

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, polyester thread (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2017
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
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Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Installation Shot

Description: Work of art in installation Shot (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Location Info:
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Lube Series (Detail)

Description: Work of art in Cotton Fabric, Cotton Batting (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Location Info:
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Word Salad

Description: Work of art in cotton fabric, cotton batting (Photo by Megan Desoto) by artist Alyssa Russell as part of a 2019 MFA Exhibition, entitled "On/Scenity".
Date: 2019
Creator: Russell, Alyssa
Location Info:
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design