Artwork by Cameron University students Tiana Buckner, Lanetta Davis, Sarah Enoch, and Kristi Smith and faculty member Katherine Liontas-Warren has been selected for inclusion in the 52nd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show hosted by Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. The show, which attracts works by contemporary artists from across the country, is judged by a guest juror of national stature and will be on exhibit from February 16 through May 4 in Del Mar’s Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery.
“This is a very prestigious juried competition,” says Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art. “Cameron’s art faculty is elated that four of our students have been accepted into the exhibit. We are so very proud of their creative imagery. We applaud and celebrate their artistic visions and wish them continued success in the art world. Bravo!”
Buckner, an art major from Willits, Calif., submitted “The Longest Kiss,” a watercolor painting.
“‘The Longest Kiss’ was inspired by the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss,” says Buckner. “I wanted to accentuate this piece with exaggeration, which led to making the figures skeletons in representation of the time aspect and used vibrant lip props to attract focus on the aspect of kissing. I felt that the use of the lip props made the piece feel almost theatrical, so I enhanced the lighting and provided a few extra props to provide the figures with character and further dramatize the piece. I am very thankful for making it into the show with this piece. It has become one of my favorite creations during my college experience. I am ecstatic that this opportunity to expand my artistic horizons has been provided to me.”
Davis, an art major from Duncan, has two pieces in the show. Of her monotype print, “Moonlit Night,” which depicts a pueblo home in Taos, N.M., she says, “The nighttime setting was the fourth in a series of varied editions of the same home during various times of the day. It was printed on BK Reeves paper with five different colors of ink. It is part of a larger two-year theme of the Southwest region of the United States. It is based on my travels through that area.”
Her other work accepted for the show is “Placebo,” a charcoal drawing inspired by cancer patients participating in drug trials.
“One of our biggest fears is receiving the placebo versus the actual medicine,” says Davis. “The material is an oversized shirt draped over my head which was photographed by my instructor. In the background is a scarecrow with a stethoscope representing the cancer doctor. The raven is a representation of Huginn (from Old Norse ‘thought’) that would bring knowledge from around the world to Odin. The raven is breaking through the sphere of the mystery of cancer. The furrowed fields are the massive amounts of research being done. The silent scream was inspired by Edvard Munch’s painting, ‘Scream.’ It took approximately 160 hours to complete this drawing. As an advanced printmaking student at Cameron University, I am very honored and excited to have two pieces of my artwork accepted into this prestigious exhibition.”
Enoch, an art major from Duncan, created “Cluster Headache,” a monotype print.
“This work is an attempt to relay the intense reaction between the physical and emotional self using the context of a cluster headache,” she explains. “Using the monotype method, I have juxtaposed a vibrant, primary color palette with twisted, anguished facial expressions to create a composition that vibrates with frantic energy and fear, much like a cluster headache. Since childhood, the constant physical pain of migraines and cluster headache sustained itself through my adolescence and young adulthood, blending with bouts of depression and debilitating anxiety. This a largely personal piece for me, and to have it accepted into an exhibition at Del Mar College is a thrill.”
Smith’s work is a linocut print and ink title “Woody Allen.” She is an art major from Lawton.
“My acceptance into the Del Mar exhibition brought me an almost palpable sense of pride and joy,” Smith says. “My piece is a bit personal for me. It was created around the time the Hollywood assaults started to surface back in the fall. The assaults delivered a mixed bag of emotions for me. I was happy the rapists and harassers of Hollywood were getting the punishments they deserve, but I was also becoming depressed at the idea that not all of the sexual predators were being brought to justice. Woody Allen's pedophilic behavior has not been dealt with, and I created ‘Woody Allen’ as a reminder to everyone that our work is not yet done and that monsters like Allen still live comfortably and freely.”
Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art, will have a watercolor painting, “Fire in the Sky,” and a charcoal drawing, “A Call From Nature,” in the show.
Feb 12 2018