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Artist shares inspiration behind her art gallery

February 12, 2020 | Lissette Salgado | campus editor
“Small Studies #16” was designed on a 9×9 board. Howdeshell also works as a digital projects librarian at SMU. Photo by Brooke Baldwin/The Collegian

Art is mainly very easy to understand, it comes in recognizable shapes and themes, but artist Rebecca Howdeshell has proven that wrong through her art at NW Campus at Lakeview Gallery on Feb. 6.

Howdeshell’s exhibition, Organic Geometry, is a series of small abstract designs on paper which allude to the lines and textures made when stitching onto felt, said NW art professor Trish Igo.

“Physical Plant” (left) and “The Fifth Game” (right) were designed on a 12×12 board using acrylic, pen and collage. Photo by Brooke Baldwin/The Collegian

Howdeshell presented students with a few unframed pieces and described the amount of time and effort it took to create them.

“It takes a long time,” she said. “I had two pieces that … took me probably around a month to do.”

Igo introduced Howdeshell to students and explained how she was inspired by the artist. She shared how she came into contact with Howdeshell and her artwork.

“I always really liked her work,” she said. “Several years ago, I found her on Instagram somehow and started following her.”

Igo shared with students her observation of Howdeshell conducting the 100-day project, where the artist created a different design each day and posted the results on her Instagram.

Howdeshell goes into detail about the material, color, composition and other components that came together to inspire this exhibition. Photo by Brooke Baldwin/The Collegian

“I noticed when she started doing a series,” Igo said. “She had to make a design every single day.”

When asked what inspired her, Howdeshell explains to students that geometry isn’t the only theme in her works.

I get my inspiration from geology, maps, architecture, archeology, the rings of a tree, and the human body, she said.

The walls of the Lakeview Gallery were filled with Howdeshell’s works, and students were welcome to view her artwork. Most depicted various shapes, line patterns, images and some color.

Although the crowd started as a small group, as the event progressed, more students joined the reception.

NW student Scharissa Menken enjoyed the artwork, especially when they came from a professor from another college.

“I think that it’s good that they bring over different professors from different universities,” she said. “You can kind of see the level of expertise that a lot of the students will someday get to.”

After the presentation, Igo was hand-gifted an unframed art piece from Howdeshell.

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