Rubric – Visual & Digital Arts Faculty Exhibition

[music plays throughout] [Noni Kaur]
This is a faculty show. We were asked to produce works- it was more curated
to a certain concept. [Cole Swanson] Essentially, like,
we’re dealing with modules of four, you know, ideas of sequence,
narrative, multiplicity. And it’s a challenge
to the faculty artists, basically, to make
something completely new, uh, to invite the students in to,
in turn, evaluate us as artists, which is, you know,
a nice bit of role reversal. [Noni] When we have
to actually work simultaneously, knowing that I’m not
just gonna create one, and I have to create a whole series,
it poses us a challenge. That’s where problem solving comes in,
we have to be really critical, we have to think totally, you know,
outside of the box. This is my work
and, um, it’s called “Synesthesia,” and, uh, my research is based
on the female body. And I’ve been doing a lot of work
with cells, body cells, so I’m trying
to combine science and art. I’ve also brought in
a lot more sculptural, structural work into my pieces and they’re in little shapes
of hexagons, they compliment the beehives, and, uh,
that’s really important for me because it shows growth,
and reproduction, and how the cells
actually regenerate or degenerate. [Cole]
This is a bit of a new project. Um, right now it’s called, uh,
“Out of the Strong, Something Sweet.” What I’m doing is I’m trying
to bring together three connected, um, but seemingly disparate
species – bees,
that produce honey for us, you know, they pollinate our,
our plants, um, and then cows, the sort of
proverbial walking meat plant. And so, what I’ve done is,
um, preserved cow stomachs, then dried them out
and then, uh, coated them in beeswax. And what you’ll see
if you look at the work, is that the, the, reticulum structure
of the cow’s stomach really closely resembles
that of a honeycomb, and they’re draped over molds
to look a little bit like veils. So you kind of have those three species
embedded in the forms, uh, cows, bees an- and humans. [Noni] I think it’s really important
for students to understand that we’re not just artists,
that we, we profess whatever we do, but we also have this other life where we’re constantly working
and creating stuff. A day job is, is the day job
that we do but we also actively and really,
um, put a lot of importance to create these works,
so that we were able to create a platform
for discussion. So there’s never- we never stop, we’re always constantly thinking,
we’re constantly making, we’re constantly doing things
and showing things, and that’s really crucial. [music fades out]

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