Virtual Exhibition
An annual exhibition featuring the works of BW senior studio art majors.

2021 Senior Art Exhibition

March 12, 2021

This annual exhibition features the works of BW senior studio art majors.

Exhibit opens Friday, March 12 at

Scroll through a sneak peek below.

Student Portfolios

  • Kesha Dalal

    My work focuses on recontextualizing uncomfortable images to challenge common assumptions about these images. I change the perspective of a familiar image by bringing the beauty out of imagery that can be seen as uncomfortable, which I also use to attract the viewer’s attention. Each piece is intentionally crafted to allow the viewer to make their initial assumptions for a moment before developing more questions that lead to deeper complexities behind the piece.

    I intend to create a deep connection with the viewer by working in three dimensions, which easily brings unfamiliar imagery into the familiar, tangible world. My process involves obtaining mostly found and recycled materials such as plastic bags, newspaper and cardboard to create the atmosphere I have envisioned for each piece. Using these materials, I combine familiar and uncomfortable imagery to encourage new perspectives that can aid in progressing our society toward acceptance of one another. We tend to avoid images that we believe are disgusting, disrespectful or terrifying when they don’t serve us directly. To educate and bring awareness to certain topics, I aim to bring images like these into a gallery space where the viewer is encouraged to stare, analyze and reflect.

  • Photo of Shae Devito pottery

    Shae Devito

    I love finding the complex in the simple. Everyone has an image they conjure in their mind's eye when asked to think of someone's face glinting in the sunlight. But the artist has something different in mind. The artist thinks of the way that person's normally dark brown eyes explode with glints of gold and deep red that swim and intertwine to create the most beautiful and dynamic brown you have ever seen. Or how their hair blooms with highlights of blonde and strawberry and how they dance in the slight breeze. Or even how the average pale pink in their cheeks reddens under the blaze of the hot summer sun. The artist can see the complex in the simple, even if something is utterly and truly simple.

    My aim is exactly that. I want my art to look so simple yet have so much complexity behind it. Whether from the creative thought that inspired the work, the actual process of making it or the final product, I want my final work to look effortless to the viewer. I want them to say, "I bet I could do that," while I know full well how much work actually went into the piece. I aim to assess every detail and to consider every portion of the work, so my final creation highlights the complexity within the simple form.

  • Amanda Dilisi

    I have had a passion for art for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until 2010, when I developed a chronic illness, that I used art as therapy and a distraction. I found myself becoming preoccupied with the process of creating art and often lost track of time. More importantly, using art as therapy allowed me to appreciate the simple things in life. I find beauty in everyday objects that I portray in my art. The world is complex with modern technology, and I want my paintings to reflect a simpler time.

    My art reveals the theme of time and its inevitable impact. Most of my pieces portray the effects of time passing, with the unavoidable weathering it causes, despite efforts to preserve the original condition. Aging and reluctantly letting go of the past are aspects of life we all face. My art symbolically mirrors my experiences with the effects of change and the loss of time. My art also conveys the importance of family. Many of my pieces depict aspects of my family history, including familiar objects that have deteriorated over time.

    My artistic style is realism, depicted through detailed paintings and intricate linoleum prints. Through realism, I express the themes of my artwork by presenting subjects from my perspective and the reality of everyday life.

  • Jake Knowlton

    Whether an assertion of the artist's experiences or ideals or a connection made by a viewer, art is a glimpse at the truer self. My greatest breakthrough in art was examining what true self was. I found that almost everything I made could be a self-portrait, as my work represents some facet of my mind, world view and experiences. I wondered if self-portraits were egotistical. But the answer is based on intention, and my intention is never vanity. I actively distance myself from using my face because I am not my body. I am consciousness encased in bone armor, piloting a meat robot, with no inherent existence outside of myself.

    I'm drawn to all forms of printmaking. The ability to reproduce the same image makes one of the core principles of my ideology, the accessibility of art, more achievable. I experiment with styles depending on the desired mood. For dark themes, the line work may be abrupt or haphazard. My introspective work has a lighter tone, so I lean into surrealism and exaggerate proportions. For spiritual work, I prefer naturalism with circles, moon imagery or motifs of time and mortality. My work is high contrast for drama and impact. The inclusion of color is always vibrant, often red to provoke an alert, anxious reaction. My preference for saturated colors comes from Pop Art with its attention-getting ability rooted in advertising and pop culture.

  • Kylie Toronski

    My paintings combine decoration and abstraction. I find joy in the process of painting and learning how the paint behaves. For each painting, I focus on one color or color combination. Spending time with the colors and seeing how they react with each other before the paint even hits the canvas is the most fascinating part of the painting process to me, so this planning and preparation stage is very important.

    The fluidity and uncertainty in the process of painting is something I embrace. Planning takes me only so far. I reevaluate the concept constantly as the work progresses. Brushstrokes may create something more interesting than I intended, or I may decide to introduce a new shade of blue. This fluidity is part of what I find enjoyable and effective.

    The subject matter of my work consists largely of abstract, organic forms that create an interesting, unfamiliar atmosphere. Though unfamiliar, these atmospheres are meant to be a calming and intriguing place for the viewer to transport into as a distraction from the real world. We tend to focus on things in life that cause stress or discomfort. What I would like to provide for viewers is a different place to focus their attention. Ultimately, I consider my paintings to be an experience rather than a product for both myself and the viewer.