MFA Thesis Exhibition
December 2 - 19, 2010
This exhibition is the first in an ongoing series of MFA thesis
exhibitions shown annually at the Tufts University Art Gallery as
part of the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Public Opening Reception: Thursday, December 2, 5:30-8:00pm
Artists' Talks: Thursday, December 2, 5:00pm
About the artists:
Sofia Botero's project is a multi-channel sound installation in
which people tell stories about being a child in the midst of war in
Colombia during the 1980s. One recording leads to another, and each
story combines to create a single narrative that fills the space.
However, if you listen carefully and walk around, you discover
Meditation Above the Abyss is a mixed media installation
piece designed to create a space upon which the viewer is invited to
meditate upon the recent Deepwater Horizone oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico. The installation creates a darkened space within which sits
a shallow pool of inky black fluid that viewers congregate around.
The fluid itself moves and flows against gravity and logic as if it
itself were alive. The space is filled with the sounds of underwater
creatures and events, while strangely serene video clips of the
wellhead itself spewing oil out into the environment are projected
onto the center of the pool of oil.
JOHN GUY PETRUZZI
John Guy Petrozzi present IN VIVO, a series of mural-scale
watercolors that re-envision the bleeding edges of contemporary
nature into provocative open narratives of environmental
transformation. Rich menageries of life-sized animals are
veraciously rendered on polypropylene, a plastic polymer ubiquitous
in global technology, raising questions of life, loss, change, and
Somewhere Between examines Love Canal, a contemporary
ruin located near Niagara Falls, New York. Once a vibrant
neighborhood, it has been vacated due to the toxic wastes that were
dumped and buried under the land. Over the course of a year, the
artist visited the site, documented the remnants and witnessed the
ongoing dumping-cycle that ensues. A series of photographs and
aquatints explore the loss and abandonment felt upon each visit.
ANGELA LAUREN SPEECE
Angela Lauren Speece is motivated by a quest to recover innate
pictorial forms of childhood that are buried beneath the adult
complexities of life. Her whimsical portraits originated in
children's drawings but were rendered by the artist's (re)
interpretive hand. Through a blind-collaborative process, Speece
develops compositions that provoke contemplation and debate about
authorship. Was it created by a child or an adult? Unification of
the disparate stages of artistic expression forms a mobius of
continuous exchange, visualized interchangeably, with no precise
frontier that separates the extremes.