It's an interesting title for the annual exhibition and thesis readings for Anderson University’s art and design students: “(id)entity.”
According to exhibit information, the word “identity” is thus split into two: “id,” the part of the personality dealing with basic drives, and “entity,” that which we are. When the two combine into art, they form an “identity.”
The show opened Saturday, April 10 in the Wilson Gallery of the Fine Arts Building [Campus Map and Directions]. Works by 11 art and design seniors will be on display until at least the first of May and possibly until graduation.
The artists are Caryn Creviston, Rachel Matthews, Kathryn Morton, Austin Anderson, Marcus Deal, Talia Richardson, Jennilyn Geyer, Jenny Jung, Mandy Coplin, Leanne Miller, and Will Johnson.
AU’s Art and Design Department offers a variety of media from which students can choose, including glass, painting, and sculpture. And each student’s satisfaction in his or her art is unique.
“I think it’s specific for each person,” said Coplin, a Highland graduate, during an interview at Wilson Gallery.
[Photo: Mandy Coplin, courtesy The Herald Bulletin.]
Coplin’s concentration is in visual communication design. “For me, I don’t feel like my design actually happens when I’m printing something out, but more when I’m coming up with the whole concept.”
As opposed to Coplin, whose work involves graphic design, typography, illustration and computer-assisted design, senior Caryn Creviston of Carmel is an old-school sculptor.
“I have a huge respect for all of the 2-D artists and graphic design people,” Creviston said, “because I am totally clueless when it comes to that.”
Creviston, whose works have been adapted into cast aluminum and ceramics, has been focusing on autobiographical works, in keeping with the exhibit’s theme.
“I have five pieces in the show,” Creviston said. “They are all self-portraits. Two of them, in fact, have music."
[Photo: Caryn Creviston, courtesy The Herald Bulletin.]
Muncie’s Austin Anderson, a Delta graduate, is also in visual communication design. Anderson first does his illustrations, then transfers them into a computer for manipulation.
“A lot of what I do is based in digital media,” Anderson said when asked about the differences between computer art and hands-on media like sculpture or glass.
“We’ve actually talked a lot about that in some classes. With hand-printed materials, there’s more of an experience that goes along with actually physically doing the work, as opposed to having the computer do the work for you.”
[Photo: Austin Anderson, courtesy The Herald Bulletin.]
“I always enjoyed drawing, like in church,” said Leanne Miller of Pendleton, also a visual communication design senior. “When I was a kid, I’d always be scribbling.”
Miller, who grew up on the family farm, was not convinced she could translate her interest into a practical career.
“After high school, I tried several different jobs and didn’t go to college right away,” said Miller, who works in hand-printed images and screen printing. “Then I was, like, ‘Well, this isn’t for me. What do I really want to do?’ I realized that graphic design would probably be a good fit for me.”
Her fellow artists shared Miller’s concerns about employment post-recession.
Coplin, for example, said she wasn’t concerned so much about which medium to work in as she was her ultimate goal.
“I’ve been working a lot on design as a means of service for small businesses and for nonprofit businesses,” Coplin said. “It’s the client that matters to me.”
“One of my goals is to work with poster production as far as advertising musical performances and bands,” Anderson said. “As for immediately after school, I’d just like to get into any kind of job I can get.”
[Photo: Leanne Miller, courtesy The Herald Bulletin.]
“My dream job would probably be working on stationery and printing it by hand,” Miller said. “But just getting a job at this point is a goal.”
“I’m not going to be focused on trying to find the perfect career in the art world,” Creviston said. “When I graduate, I’m going to find a job to support myself right away, but I will always do art, even if it’s just for myself.”
— Rodney Richey is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Reposted with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.