The Mills College Art Museum announces Antithesis, the
2008 Senior Thesis Exhibition, on-view from April 2-20, 2008. The
artists featured in this exhibition are undergraduate students
presenting their final thesis projects, and have studied with Mills
College art faculty: Jesus Aguilar, Freddy Chandra, James Fei, Samara
Halperin, Hung Liu, Bernie Lubell, Robin McDonnell, Anna Murch, Ron
Nagle, Sean Olson, Moira Roth, Lisa Solomon, Laura Splan, Michael
Temperio, and Catherine Wagner.
Krystle Ahmadyar works in intermedia performance to
expose the complexities and performative aspects of identity. Her
current persona is a dandy named Cage Norman. Through performance and
works of art, Cage Norman invites the viewer to question their
assumptions of the Western gentleman and ideas of race and gender.
Aurora Arding works with audio and electronics to
supply a visceral harmony to visual representations of the human body.
She uses audio feeds and electronics to create interactive sculpture.
Molly Bower creates sculptural works with recognizable
materials and illustration such as gestures. Her work represents the
difficulties of communication and the fragility of comprehension
through the use of bird-like paper and wire forms.
Kristin Doner takes abstract photographs of decaying
structures, plants and rocks, then stitches the prints together,
creating fantastical structures and amorphous blobs.
Aviana Lynn creates sculptures that are abstract
investigations of commonplace materials, such as gauze or plastic wrap.
She uses layering in order to create unexpected texture and varying
levels of transparency.
Victoria Jarvis uses photography to look at everyday
objects such as mattresses and dishes in their post-used state and
investigates whether their final condition is one of mistreatment or
one of a quite necessary over-use.
Melanie Lombard makes large scale figurative paintings
using big brush strokes and bold colors, enhancing and abstracting the
physical and emotional impact of her subject matter.
Rosanna Scimeca uses rusty salvaged metals and animal
parts (both real and fake) such as rooster feet and a swine heart to
create a two and three-dimensional installation that explores ideas of
human conditioning and survival. Her works invite the viewer to
re-examine familiar associations by taking them out of their natural
context and scale.
Kimi Taira makes paper and vellum cutouts of
abstracted calligraphic forms to compose through installation. She is
interested in the gap between thought and written communication, the
"appearance" of meaning, and the process of deciphering thought.