42 Fine Arts Students find their identity

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A class of 42 third-year art students has set up massive art installations all over East Campus Hall (ECH). When the students were given the project, they were told to base each of their individual pieces on one theme: their identities. The result was an explosion of unique visions, sounds, and sensations into the artists’ selves. Here are a few of them:


<strong><em>Solus</em></strong>


<em>Solus</em> by Linda Ward features a door that represents the artist&rsquo;s desire for solitude. For Ward, that desire is an integral aspect of her identity.


&ldquo;I like being alone,&rdquo; said Ward, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s how I charge my batteries, you know, to greet the next day because I need my alone time.&rdquo;


Ward feels empowered by her ability to go inside her home and shut out the world: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the one lock I get to control.&rdquo;


Every aspect of the door is intended to warn viewers to not disturb the person who is implied to be behind the door. The whole object has been painted in dark colours. There are 250 thumb tacks dispersed on the door&rsquo;s surface. There&rsquo;s a lock on the doorknob, and the knob itself is a black light blub that is intended to resemble a hot plate.


<strong><em>Pixel Crossed</em></strong>


According to Melissa Johns, her 16-piece video installation entitled <em>Pixel Crossed </em>is a work which &ldquo;explores how I create and express my own identity through the lens of my relationship and online channels.&rdquo;&nbsp;


Johns&rsquo;s work was divided into two sets that are projected onto opposite sides of the room the work inhabits. They are designed to work in tandem with each other to convey the range of diverse and intimate experiences that the artist has had with her partner through social media providers like Skype and Facebook.


&ldquo;I wanted to create something that would sort of emphasize the physical distance between the two of us and also celebrate the media that we use to communicate with each other,&rdquo; said Johns.


<strong><em>Repercussion</em></strong>


Allison Villemaire&rsquo;s installation <em>Repercusion</em> is based off of her personal experiences with medication.


&ldquo;Personally for me,&rdquo; said the artist, &ldquo;I have to take a medication every day. It&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s part of my routine &hellip; it&rsquo;s part of my personal identity.&rdquo;


One of Villemaire&rsquo;s other goals for her work is for it to represent &ldquo;the negative aspect to medication and medicine in our modern world these days.&rdquo;


By Villemaire&rsquo;s account, people in society are so used to having fast and easy access to medication that they take medication without being aware of how much of it they are consuming. Villemaire wants people to sit down and consider this issue.&nbsp;


The artists&rsquo; work is made up of lino prints and a collage. &ldquo;The combination of both the prints with the actual collage kind of drove home my message,&rdquo; said Villemaire.&nbsp; Each lino print lists one of the side effects of medications, and the collage is made out of actual pills and other medications.


42 closes Saturday Nov. 29.