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About me: My name is Erica Willey and I have just recently graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design. For 25 years now I’ve lived in the same house in a little place called Jamestown, located in Michigan. My favorite author is Dan Simmons, I enjoy hiking and swimming, and I love to travel. I live a pretty simple life, but now that I’m a graduate I’m getting very excited of the possibilities waiting to happen. As of now my goal this year is move to California, create new experiences, and build up my dream career. It’ll be hard work, but I am more than ready for the challenge.

About my art: e l lo, E r ic a t e l l me ab out you r se l f ? My n a me i s E r ic a W i l le y a nd I h ave ju st recent ly g r a du ated f rom Kend a l l C ol lege of A r t a nd D es ig n.

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W h at ’s t he pu r p o se of wh at you r t r y i n g t o c r eat e? Now ever y a r t i st i s a lw ay s a s ked wh at t he pu r pose w a s beh i nd t hei r piece of a r t , a nd t here w i l l a lw ay s be d i f fer ent a n s wer s . I suppose t he pu r pose beh i nd ever y pa i nt i ng I i m a g i ne i s ex a c t ly t h at ; to let t he m i nd i m a g i ne, to let t hose gea r s t a ke over a nd see wh at a l it t le i m a g i n at ion c a n come up w it h. I n a w ay it ’s a sen se of f reedom to let t he br a i n wonder of f t r a c k for awh i le. T he end r esu lt s m ay be s ho c k i ng, but t h at ’s t he joy of it a l l . A s to wh at my a r t work i s a c t u a l ly about , t hough , wel l t h at ’s a goo d quest ion. Ever y pa i nt i ng tel l s a d i f ferent a stor y, so no piece of work i s t he s a me. But i f I h a d to s ay, over a l l , wh at my work i s about , i s it ’s about beaut y. W het her t h at beaut y i s fou nd i n t he c r a f t s m a n s h ip of t he a r t work , or t he mea n i ng beh i nd it . I leave t hose dec i s ion s up to t he v iewer. A f ter a l l , i sn’t a r t c reated to eng a ge one’s m i nd a nd ex pa nd t he i m a g i n at ion?

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About me: When Sara Fricke was growing up, a box of pencils, markers, or crayons was her favorite past-time. Every afternoon she’d run to the computer printer, grab a piece of paper and then a pencil and sit down to watch a popular television show what was then known as Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station. After many years of experience and love for art, she found a strong passion for the human figure. Today she is best known for her delicate style and sense of realism in her figurative work. Her recent works explore brain chemistry and unstable state of mind. She is deeply interested in psychology and elements of the mind that are not seen with the naked eye that affect moments in our lives. Sara graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in May of 2014 with a BFA in Drawing. Sara plans to exhibit more artwork and someday work for a gallery space while continuing to thrive as an artist. Sara enjoys playing tennis in the summer sun, playing the piano and enjoying time with friends and family.

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I s omet i me s st r uggle w it h my emot ions . I st r uggle w it h rat iona l i zi ng a nd c ont rol l i ng my emot ions . I p oke a nd pro d for expla nat ions I c a n’t s e e or k now. W hy do I fe el t h i s way? D o I rea l ly have c ont rol or do my emot ions c ont rol me ? T h i s que st ion ha s le d me to f u r t her exa m i ne t he bra i n’s ba sic chem ic a l f u nct ions a nd t he i mp act of chem i st r y on ou r emot ions . I n t h i s c ol le ct ion of work , cha rc oa l p enci l s , cha rc oa l p owder, a nd i n k a re t he pr i ma r y mater ia l s us e d to create st a rk c ont ra st i n t he hu ma n f ig u re a nd it s env i ron ment . T h i s st a rk c ont ra st m i r rors p osit ive a nd neg at ive emot ions . L ight refers to happi ne s s a s da rk refers to sad ne s s . I us e t he s e mater ia l s to p or t ray t he u n iversa l it y of t he f ig u re a s it repre s ent s a p a r t icu la r st ate of m i nd . T he su r fac e I work on ha s a l lowe d me to develop s evera l new pro c e s s e s usi ng add it ive a nd subt ract ive te ch n ique s . Myla r i s my pr i ma r y work i ng su r fac e. C ha rc oa l p enci l i s appl ie d over t he p owder a nd a k neade d era s er i s us e d to ma n ipu late i ntende d ma rk s to create for m . T he s e ma rk s st r uct u re h igh ly rendere d a rea s of t he c omp osit ion . Un i ntende d ma rk s , ab st ract i n nat u re a nd a re su lt of my pro c e s s , i nt ro duc e u nexp e cte d but aut hent ic element s . Most i ntende d a nd u n i ntende d outc ome s c a n not clea rly b e s ep a rate d w it h i n my work , wh ich leads to t he que st ion of c ont rol . S ome a rea s of t he f ig u re a re h igh ly a r t icu late d wh i le ot her a rea s a re i nc omplete , p or t ray i ng t hat emot ions c a n b e u n re s olve d . Fig u re s a re c omp os e d i n a da rk env i ron ment where i n k a nd cha rc oa l have b e en us e d to referenc e s cient i f ic i ma ger y of chem ic a l react ions i n t he bra i n . C ha rc oa l p owder a nd water a re appl ie d to t he su r fac e a nd I nd ia i n k i s t hen lo os ely adde d , re su lt i ng i n ab st ract for m s .

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T he re su lt of t he i n k i s never c ont rol le d nor c a n it b e era s e d . C olor i s i nt ro duc e d on t he back of t he su r fac e to subt ly refer to bra i n s c a ns . Bra i n s c a ns , a l s o k now n a s neu roi ma g i ng s c a ns , a lone c a n not ident i f y a ny ment a l d i s orders . T he s e s c a ns c a n , however, b e us e d to r u le out ot her me d ic a l d i s orders , such a s a t u mor, t hat c ou ld c aus e sy mptom s si m i la r to a ment a l d i s order, such a s depre s sion . A l l f ig u re s a re depicte d i n a hexa gona l for mat t hat referenc e s chem ic a l c omp ou nds t hat c ont rol emot ions . A l l f ig u re s a re u nclot he d to refer to t he b o dy a s a site of s cient i f ic explorat ion . I n s ome c omp osit ions , s evera l hexa gons a re us e d to de c onst r uct t he f ig u re a nd referenc e t he sig n i f ic a nt role of chem i st r y i n ou r ment a l a nd physic a l st ate. C hem ic a l s (such a s endor ph i ns) a re sy mb ol i ze d by a skeleton for mu la (a hexa gon), wh ich i s a c om mon way of repre s ent i ng a mole cu le. Endor ph i ns , for exa mple , a re relea s e d u nder st renuous act iv it y such a s exerci s e a nd prov ide a fe el i ng of wel l b ei ng. L ow s eroton i n , wh ich i nd ic ate s a n i mba la nc e i n bra i n chem i st r y, leads to va r ious sy mptom s of depre s sion . Bra i n f u nct iona l it y i s fa s ci nat i ng to me. T h rough ma ny exp er ienc e s , w it h mys el f a nd ot hers , I’ve d i s c overe d a n i n ner st r uggle w it h my emot ions . T he d raw i ng pro c e s s e s I have develop e d have a l lowe d me to d ive de ep i nto my ow n t hought s ab out my emot ions . T h i s ha s b e en my c ore i nspi rat ion for t h i s c ol le ct ion of work . D i s c over i ng i ma ge s a nd re s ea rch p er t a i n i ng to my emot ions ha s g iven me a s ens e of p eac e a nd c ontemplat ion . T he s e a sp e ct s c ont i nue to b e a d r iv i ng forc e t h roughout my work .

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About me: My name is Emily Veldman. I am a current graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design with my BFA in Illustration. Currently I am working at Craft House Gallery as a Program Director and Avenue for the Arts as a Event Coordinator. My illustration work is very colorful and is filled with interesting and creative characters. These illustrations parallel with a current young adult book that I am writing. I’m working on making each chapter into a zine that I can sell on etsy and at The Market on First Fridays this summer. I mostly work with oil paint and love using this medium to create a whole new world with characters, and settings that my audience can dive into.

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