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TR students’ artwork reflects themselves

Angst, Brandon Tucker
Justin Gladney/The Collegian
Angst, Brandon Tucker Justin Gladney/The Collegian

By Ashley Johnson/tr news editor

Reflections from the River, a student art exhibit, is packed with sculptures, life-size portraits and photography from TR art and design students.

The East Fork Gallery showcases class assignments students have worked on throughout the year.

Design II student John Miranda said an assignment to re-create a children’s toy inspired his ceiling sculpture, composed of colored tubes and clear wire, representing the childhood game Pick-up Sticks.

“We’re supposed to re-create motions and the colors and how they contrast against each other,” he said.

His collage of old and new Cadillac parts on graphite and pastel is also a depiction of a woman.

“It was a picture of a female with her head sideways, and I just re-created that out of car parts,” he said.

One of many giant self-portraits on the south wall of the gallery is art student Elaine Weaver’s charcoal sketch of herself wearing sunglasses and the reflections in her shades.

“I was just taking pictures with my camera, and I just liked the picture a lot, so I just wanted to try and reproduce it,” she said.

Angst, Brandon Tucker
Justin Gladney/The Collegian

Her gorilla sculpture is made completely out of wire and yarn and has moving legs.

“I just thought a gorilla would be fun,” she said.

“Determination” by art and photography student David Best is from a photo of a little girl and drawn in charcoal on watercolor paper.

“I named it ‘Determination’ because she was a determined, strong-willed little girl,” he said. “And in the moment, she was determined to put on her tutu.”

Best said when his grandparents were married, photos could be taken only in black and white, but a photographer would paint the photo and bring it to life, which inspired him to create his piece.

“You can see the color of their skin and color of their eyes, and you couldn’t tell otherwise,” he said.

The exhibit can be viewed 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday until May 3, and a reception for students will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 30.

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