SU senior art majors display their artwork

Bethany Inman addressed the issue of the persecuted church in her “Senior Exhibition” display. The theme can be seen above as the thorns emerging from the cement sculpture represents martyrdom.

The Kauffman Gallery’s “Senior Exhibition” debuted the finest works of three Shippensburg University art majors last weekend. 

The three SU seniors who had work on display in the exhibition were Allison Caudill, Bethany Inman and Kayla Reimold.

The display created by Caudill was spread out across three of the four walls in the Kauffman Gallery. Caudill’s portion featured various 10-by-10 paintings that shared a common theme, some of which stemmed from her childhood creations. 

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Allison Caudill focused on layering textures and materials in her artwork to fabricate a unique look.

Caudill began her artworks by layering bright colors and black lines. She then topped them with a white wash and kept repeating the sequence to create her art. Caudill said she wanted her exhibit to resemble the aerial perspective of a map.

Inman created four sculptures that sat in the middle of the gallery for her portion of the exhibit. The sculptures were made out of concrete and had delicate accents of thorns, roses, and butterflies. 

Inman said the sculptures she created are representations of Christians who have been martyred all over the world. The roses in the sculptures were made from real roses that Bethany made into molds, which represented those who were martyred. 

The thorns that came out of the concrete were representative of resurrection Jesus’ crown of thorns, while the imprinted butterflies on the concrete represented new life. 

Reimold contributed to the exhibition with a series of 15 pieces that hung in a row on the right wall of the gallery. Reimold’s artwork consisted of mainly black, purple, gold and silver hues. 

Reimold said her artworks were intended to have a tribal style to them and together make up a narrative of the world and the balance of light and dark.

“There is more darkness than light so we need to combat all the darkness in this world,” Reimold said. 

The idea for her series came from her passion for writing and the characters she has created in her stories. She said she generalized the characters into the light and dark, and good and evil that is displayed in her art. 

The “Senior Exhibition” will remain on display in The Kauffman Gallery through Dec. 14. The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment.

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