Haley Mulder – Staff Writer
Faces, figures, splatters and an impressive amount of talent.
Junior artists Jerusha Pimentel, Rebekah Dykhuizen, Bridget Rowe, Hayley Dahl, Carlie Hendricks and Aubrey Pasker presented their work on Feb. 22 at the Junior Art Show in the gallery at the campus center.
Different media of art covered the white walls, giving them life. There were paintings on wood and canvas, along with some unusual elements used in their works that included lipstick, Kool-Aid, and Coca-Cola.
“I’m more of a realistic artist,” Pimentel said. “I love figures and faces.”
Pimentel and Pasker created art pieces that displayed the objectification of men and women.
“One day my sister called me in tears telling me of things she had been dealing with at school,” Pimentel said. “It made me angry, and I knew I wanted to portray this is my art. So, one night I locked myself in the painting room and created this series of pieces. They are very personal to me.”
Pimentel used lipstick, wood and paint to portray the image of women and how they are objectified.
Pasker created another powerful piece titled “Eye Candy.” It was a portrait of a woman with fruit roll ups wrapped around her bare body.
“Her body is wrapped in the candy to represent how women are often bound and tied by the viewer’s hunger,” Pasker said. “She is literally eye candy because her entire upper body is wrapped with the fruit roll ups.”
Another photograph taken by Pasker was that of a shirtless male which had been modeled after parts of a meat structure. The piece symbolized the way that men can also be objectified specifically by their bodies and muscles.
Rowe took a different approach with her art.
“I have a sculpture, two hand-built ceramic pieces, a charcoal drawing and six paintings in the show,” Rowe said. “The series are called Geometric Texture and Splatter Series and are both abstract works.”
The geometric texture series was Rowe’s favorite.
“These pieces were originally part of a larger group of paintings,” Rowe said. “Initially, the paintings were all connected by painted squares that extended across different canvases. I decided I would rather switch it up and display a smaller amount of the paintings without keeping them in sequence with each other.”
Rowe was the only artist at the show who presented sculptures.
“My ceramic piece ‘Resting’ depicts a sleeping fawn,” Rowe said. “Since taking Ceramics class, I have become really interested in creating ceramic sculptures of animals. I like the challenge of turning a lump of clay into a recognizable animal.”
Other artists included graphic design majors Dahl and Dykhuizen.
Dahl presented her works from the printmaking course she took.
“These pieces are so hippie, and so me!” Dahl said. “Doing art like this is so rewarding.”
She and Dykhuizen also presented graphic design pieces, including a huge medical records project for children in third world countries.
“There’s something relaxing about doing art,” Dahl said. “It’s therapeutic and I enjoy doing it.
Dykhuizen presented two self-portraits. Both were close-ups of her eye; one in color pastel and the other was a black and white photo. Dykhuizen also had a portfolio at the gallery of most of the work that she has done in graphic design since coming to Dordt.
The gallery represented the work that the artists had spent many hours on, whether that was by locking themselves in the paint room all night, or something they had worked on the entire semester. Art often shows who the artist is, and these six girls portrayed their thoughts and ideas through truly beautiful, inspiring and powerful art.
[Artist Carlie Hendricks was not able to present her work due to health conditions.]