SMFA Senior Thesis Exhibition 2017
BOSTON, MA – DENATURED highlights the work of the 17 artists selected for the 2016-2017 SMFA Senior Thesis Program. The exhibition reflects each artist’s yearlong process, enveloped under a wide range of individualized media and concepts. Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, each artist was provided with the opportunity to collaborate with peers and faculty in order to execute a self-guided body of work. The works displayed range from digital media, performance, and installation to painting, photography, and sculpture, to encompass a collective exhibition.
Denaturing is an act of redefinition: the moment a rock becomes a paperweight, or a brick becomes a weapon. It reshapes what is already established, augmenting its nature into new meaning. As artists, we embrace the multiple facets of meaning. This acknowledgment allows us to draw relationships between rocks and paper, bricks and resistance, nature and artifice. Our experiences enable us to create. What is assumed to be permanent or natural can be denatured. The collection of works in DENATURED highlights that what is viewed as natural can be altered. Our personal narratives are proof of our agency to redefine the environments we occupy. Through this process, we too become denatured.
Participating Artists: Catherine Armistead, Tori Baisden, Arturo González Barrios, Leah Corbett, Camiel Duytschaever, Ellie Grossman, Teruko Kushi, Chloe Wong Yu Lam, Kirk Lorenzo, Hannah Marshall, Kristina McComb, Shailinn Messer, Caitlin Rose, Chris Sageman, Christine Sopata, Evan Swinerton, Oona Taper
Performances by Tori Baisden, Kirk Lorenzo and Caitlin Rose will take place throughout the night.
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