A! Magazine for the Arts

Emory & Henry holds online student art exhibit

June 29, 2020

Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia, has created an online exhibit for several senior visual art students. To see their art, visit www.ehc.edu/mca and click on student exhibition.

Five young artists are featured in the exhibit.

Dustin Ernest is from Marion, Virginia. His work focuses on the ways in which technology affects us and the world in which we live. He chose pixelated letters for the headings and binary code for the side margins to give a technological and computerized feeling to his works. Each work has something different written in the binary code. He chose a black background to give a sleek and simple look.

Abstract artist Ellen Hicks is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Each of her canvases focuses on an emotion or experience she has repressed over the past two years. As she paints, she must confront these emotions and experiences to create a piece she can connect with.

Theresa Mitten is a mixed media artist based in Emory, Virginia. “I create works of art that showcase my life experiences, including mistreatment due to the injustices and inequalities of a flawed economic system. My senior art exhibition, ‘Hypermnesia’ is a culmination of my interactions with struggle. I am advocating for the victims of America’s crusade for abundance.”

Ceramist Hannah Muller grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland. As a whole, sculpting with clay is a cathartic process that reveals her inner thoughts and feelings. This body of work is specifically vulnerable as it deals with the emotional turmoil of rebuilding her identity after her father’s unexpected death, and the raw emotion that was kept hidden from others’ view.

Chelsea Snead grew up in Salem, Virginia. “The art I create taps into a childlike love of storytelling and fantasy. There is, however, a degree of darkness and uncertainty, as my art lives in places where things simultaneously exist and do not. It represents things left unsaid, in the same way that a fairy tale ends in happily ever after, yet often no one is concerned about what the “after” entails.”