December 1-15, 2017

The BFA Senior Exhibition representing five School of Art and Design students will be on view in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery from December 1-15, 2017.

An opening reception honoring the students will be held Friday, December 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. Artwork by Carrie Brickhouse, art education and textile design, Allean D. Carpenter, ceramics, Cara Marie Clemmer, metal design, Kirsten Floyd, textile design, and J’keyah Hull, textile design, will be on display.

Carrie Brickhouse

In her artist’s statement, Carrie Brickhouse considers the influence of music on her work. ” The art of performing music contains a variety of aesthetic elements. Music involves movement in both the auditory sense and in a physical sense. In my piece I have worked to create an abstracted, visual representation involving these movements.

Performing musical pieces involves a physical movement that is very graceful in nature. When playing an instrument, such as a violin or trumpet, the musician performs along with their instrument. There is a subtle, yet very present, movement that happens as they play the musical piece. This movement shows the harmony felt between the musician and their instrument. The musician can be observed interacting with the music performed through their movements. Dependant on the melody or tempo of the song, these movements might be smooth and graceful or can be quick-paced and darting back and forth. Musical pieces resonate with the listener in the same way that an artwork can evoke a response from the viewer. Each of my pieces focuses on a specific aesthetic quality or moment related to musical harmony. These qualities are reflected in my work through the use of line, shape, and color; corresponding to the sound of each musical piece.”

Allean Carpenter

Allean Carpenter is a twenty-five year old senior attending East Carolina University to get her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. Allean was born in Wyandanch, NY where she spent her very early childhood years. For a few years after leaving New York, Allean and her family (consisting of her mother, five sisters, a brother, and a cousin) moved around North Carolina and finally settled in Wilmington, NC. Allean attended two middle schools and attended Wilmington Early College High School (WECHS). It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she found her passion for ceramics. She has since been working to the goal of graduating from university and accumulating more knowledge in her field.

Allean believes that, like people, each piece that she creates has a unique personality. The piece that a person is drawn to is the piece that most mirrors the viewer’s personality. She hopes that pieces reflect things that are important or dear to her viewers. Allean wishes to begin to expand this concept through her research into material culture.” I am interested in exploring the relationship that can be found in the functional form. I believe that each piece that I create has a unique personality similar to the personalities of a person. The piece whether it be a vase, mug, cup, or other object that best reflects the viewers personality is the piece that they connect with. I wish to explore this concept though the forms that I create. I throw and manipulate the forms by carving, piercing, and adding on the form, giving a different visual look, sometimes changing it so much that it transforms into a completely different form something new and intriguing. I create forms that can be found in the everyday life, such as mugs, vases, plates, and bowls, which I combined then carved away or pierce through the surface thinking about how the negative space left behind will be viewed. ”

Cara Marie Clemmer

Cara Marie Clemmer says in her artist’s statement, “Reflecting on why I make art, I consider my childhood. My parents tried multiple ways to help me work through my stress and anxieties, encouraging me to play competitive sports and practicing regular prayer. Their hope was that I would learn healthy ways in which to cope. Eventually, I found art, and was able to express myself and to develop healthier coping habits than I had with prayer or physical exertion. Learning to create objects, opened up a new world of possibilities for me. Making became the most challenging thing I’d been exposed to and I fell hopelessly in love in with what I could create. So I became a maker.

Through my work I reflect on habits and truths my upbringing gave to me. The repetitiveness of prayer is hidden in each silver bead. Like the beads on a rosary, this repetitive tactile quality offers comfort. The french knots embroidered in my pieces represent the tangles of anxieties and the physical feeling of my stomach or chest being tightened with knots. Focusing on my anxieties and childhood I considered the qualities it created in myself; resulting in my “don’t touch” series, which reflect on my preference to work on myself, by myself, for myself.”

Kirsten Floyd

Kirsten Floyd feels “my artwork is inspired by daily emotions and events that I have experienced. When people look at my artwork whether it’s a weaving or a surface design piece I want my use of color and pattern to provoke the feeling I felt while creating the piece. This body of work was created as an emotional response to my last four years. ”

J’keyah Hull, in describing her work, states, “ Digital weaving is truly the blending of my two passions: fashion and photography. I created digital weaving works of art to metaphorically express fashion by manipulating weavings and technology to create a textile. The weavings resemble a woven textile integrating photographic imagery and digital technology.  I express statements and testaments of my life; the real me through the lens of my camera. My inward creativity and vision freely flows when I am at the helm of a camera or directing a photo shoot. Purpose-driven and focused, I experiment with multiple mixed medias to create new and forward-thinking creations. Photography has propelled my interest in Textile Design and allowed me to utilize my natural design talent to craft and construct digital weavings. My subjects are captured and projected with genuine and sincere vulnerability that can only be seen through the lens of a camera, which transcends the naturalness captured with the naked eyes. Digital weaving is constructed by manipulating original photos taken with a Nikon D3000/3400 using Adobe Photoshop CC to weave a pattern set on a TC2Digital Loom. The works created resemble digital prints but are actual weavings. Life is about blending situations, circumstances and opportunities that formulate the best possible outcomes and translates them into meaningful and memorable moments as well as provide creative opportunities for others to craft unique works of art utilizing their passions. “

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the exhibition. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services, at least two weeks prior to the event (252) 737-1016. Parking for the reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336.