February 28, 2017
McDaniel College’s Student Honors Exhibition features a variety of work from six senior Art students. Titled “The Identity Collective: Exploring the Art of Self,” this annual exhibition runs March 2–17, with an opening reception March 2, 5:30–7:30 p.m., and a gallery talk at 6 p.m., in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.
Seniors showcasing their works are Suzannah Banister of Cockeysville, Md., Anna Eckard of Westminster, Md., Sarah McRoberts of Damascus, Md., Rachel Sentz of Felton, Pa., Amber Smith of Baltimore and Hannah Sommer of Taneytown, Md.
The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.
About the Artists:
Suzannah Banister focuses on “opacity and color to represent different perceived identities” with “a mix of two dimensional and three dimensional works as a direct representation of the different dimensions of [her] identity.”
Anna Eckard utilizes multi-media and digital art to examine the change in identity politics in society, focusing on the concept of labels and communities. She said, “A young person may be more inclined to tell the world they’re a Slytherin, or an Aquarius, or a dog person before they consider aspects like class, race or gender.”
Sarah McRoberts explains, “The world has changed a lot since the 1970s and 1980s, both technologically and culturally, yet the things left over from these times have always left me, a kid born in 1995, feeling most at home, and yearning with nostalgia for a time I never experienced in the first place.” McRoberts exhibits mixed media that examines the changes in music and technology from the 1970s and 1980s to today “using materials and technologies that actually existed during this time whenever possible,” such as vinyl records, videotapes and Rolodexes™.
Rachel Sentz said, “My work is a clear testament to the struggle I am facing with identity internally, but also as an outward expression. The dichotomy between abstract representation and personal connection is apparent in my sporadic choice of media and subject matter. My aim is to provide viewers with a physical representation of the identity battle we are all faced with daily, while also showing how each component of our identities cohesively molds to create the larger whole of our identity as complex individuals surrounded by complex environments.”
Amber Smith emphasizes the use of color in her artwork. She notes that color “is often rooted in its environmental, cultural and historical contexts” and can “invoke various behaviors,” as well as be used “for many cultural practices.” She said, “To explore the meanings and use of color, my art uses color psychology and theory, cultural and historical context, and individual perception.”
Hannah Sommer explores the notion of identity through “fragment(s) of what makes (her) identity,” indicating that these fragments “are not wholly self-specific and are universally shared.” Sommer said, “My work is a way of sharing myself indirectly with the world, but also a way to invite my viewer to feel connected and perhaps cause them to begin their own introspection.”