Openings at the close

May 29, 2018

Visual arts seniors celebrated the culmination of their studies at Interlochen Arts Academy by presenting Thesis III and IV.

Sofia Fraccarolli, Quinlan Lewis-Mussa, Xinyi Pan, Mikolai Stasiulewicz and Anne Van Maanen presented Thesis III on April 27.

Lewis-Mussa’s work explored the fetishization of “otherness” when ethnic minorities are referred to as “exotic.”

Pan’s exhibit featured scale models of her home. When asked why the baseboards of the gallery were adorned with lifesize ceramic mushrooms Pan explained that when she returned home to Beijing last summer that very phenomenon had occurred at her home (albeit with organic mushrooms).

Stasiulewicz’s paintings explored the artists efforts to compartmentalize their own memories; fragments end up distorted, embellished or missing.

Much of Van Maanen’s exhibit focused on coping mechanisms she adopted nearing the end of her parents marriage. During the gallery opening, a large red Solo cup sculpture was intentionally knocked over much to the dismay of onlookers. Van Maanen’s sculpture and actions explored the temporality and fragility of existience.

Hanging from the center of the gallery was a soft pink fabric sculpture that resembled human intestines by artist Sofia Fraccarolli. Fraccarolli’s work displayed her own efforts to confront the reality of her own gastrointestinal condition.

Ivy Hart, Silas Holbrook, Caroline Bell, Leo Gottfried and Sam Keshishian presented the final thesis presentation of the academic year, Thesis IV, on May 11.

Hart, who plans to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art, explored the importance of cultivating familial relationships through her work.

Holbrook reflected on their 14-year experience in the Mormon faith, revisiting their spirituality through a series of monochromatic works.

Bell, inspired by her studies in the Aesthetics of Health class, explored the effects of autism through her art.

Gottfried confronted the feelings of “rootlessness” caused by his frequent relocations as a child. Gottfried’s works embraced “home” as a mental rather than physical space and the feeling of belonging he found in nature.

Keshishian presented a graphic novel, in which he grappled with his grief over his father’s death through a humanoid character, Jim.