NOTHING TO SEE HERE
On View Dec. 2 - 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
Nothing to See Here features works by students graduating from the Art Department of Old Dominion University. The show represents engagement with emotions relating to nostalgia, history, and identity, and the disciplines spotlight drawing and design, print and photo media, painting, and 3D media. Featured artists include Kate Bradley, Kayla Cochran, Ray DeJesus, Dottie French, Alison Miller, Jedara Reyes, Mackenzie Shreves, Brenden Thompson, and Ashlee Webb. Students will give a gallery talk during the reception.
Kate Bradley’s abstract paintings are physical representations of her internal struggle for order and control in the face of anxiety.
Working primarily in charcoal, Kayla Cochran’s drawings juxtapose idealized Classical figures in distorted perspectives, interpreting the universal experience of body dysmorphia.
Rey DeJesus paints fragments of different memories, thoughts, and moments from his life using acrylic on canvas, creating paintings that are rich with personal emotion.
Dottie French works in many materials. Her current works are unique wood sculptures using recycled materials.
Alison Miller’s photographs feature familiar objects that evaluate personal identity within our evolving society.
Jedara Reyes concentrates on the Black being and existence through photography and ceramics. The selection of work in this exhibition places emphasis on the internal and external relationships Black folks carry daily by displaying the seen and unseen through literal and fictionalized works.
Mackenzie Shreves creates mixed media paintings containing distorted figures as a reflection of anxiety, depression, and passion as she lets her emotions guide her hands becoming connected with the canvas and materials, such as the layering of paint and the sensual process of crocheting and weaving.
Brenden Thompson’s paintings and drawings investigate the duality of situations with multiple outcomes, inviting the viewer into a cycle of self-reflection.
Ashlee Webb challenges socially imposed stereotypes and identity issues using printmaking and photography to convey that not all things should fit into a mold.