MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 11 - 28, 2013
Tisch Family Gallery
An MFA Thesis Exhibition of six artists in the joint graduate
degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston opens April 11th at the Tufts University Art
Gallery and runs through April 28th. This is the second of three MFA
Thesis Exhibitions in the 2012-2013 academic year presented by Tufts
as part of an annual series. The artists will be present at the
opening and will speak about their work.
About the artists:
"This series of numerous, mostly small-scale works combining text
and drawing explores my visual speculations about the event of one's
death and the hopes and fears of a possible afterlife. I reflect
upon the implications of infinite existence and experiential entropy
from a self-deprecating, cynical point of view."
Ario Elami, Untitled,
2013, graphite, ink pen, silver ink, india ink, charcoal, 8.5 x
"This project is a modern version of Hyakki Yagyo (Night Parade of
One Hundred Demons), an illustrated handbook about ghosts and
monsters from Japanese and Chinese folklore. Working in a
traditionally Asian, graphic style of drawing, I create new,
allegorical monsters based on international corporations that have a
global impact on daily life. The drawings depict invented stories
about these monsters' interactions with common villagers and their
effects on culture and the environment."
Ruohan Hu, Feicibuke, 2012, ink
drawing on paper, 9 x 12 inches.
"I consider these paintings to be intuitive abstractions of my
thoughts and feelings. Fragmentary images mingle and float in
pictorial space. These paintings become witnesses to the act of
meditation; and as objects, they are a physical record of time and
Jihee Lee, Untitled, 2013, oil,
cold wax on canvas, 14 x 11 inches.
"The Flotsam of Time consists of a sequence of constructed
photographic seascapes. These pictures are not real places, but
rather imaginary scenes made out of small objects that are not
usually given much attention. In this series, I create spaces that
are ambiguous, allowing viewers to question what they are looking
at. Answers will differ, depending on how much one believes in the
illusion of photography."
Chienning Liao, The Flotsam of Time
No. 16, 2012, Archival Inkjet print, 17 x 17 inches.
"As an ordained Buddhist monk, I seek to depict in this project the
Buddhist term for constant flux and impermanence �" anicca �" through
my own migration from Thailand to the United States. I am also
exploring annica through the daily changes that occur in all of our
lives, and how we deal with changes in environment, culture,
tradition, and forms of communication."
Singha Sihakhom, Anicca:
Impermanence, Constant Flux, 2013, video installation.
"'Cigarette Girls' is a series of oil paintings based on 1930s and
1940s advertisement posters in Shanghai, China. By re-modeling the
female figures and re-painting the advertisements, I explore the
contributions of these poster artists, whose work has been largely
excluded from the world of fine art. These paintings also reflect on
the first generation of modern, urban, professional women in China,
and the societal and familial pressures they encountered, as well as
my own identity as a young female painter."
Qing Song, Twin Sisters, 2013,
oil painting on canvas, 42 x 60 inches.
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