Ruhlman Conference Presentations May 4, 2009Posted by claralieu in Events.
Tags: art, childhood, conference, domesticity, exhibition, feminism, gallery, memories, printmaking, wellesley college
Last week Wellesley College hosted the Ruhlman Conference, an opportunity to celebrate student achievement on campus all day. We had two conference presentations installed in the gallery, one by senior Courtney Richter and the other by senior Brittany Sundgren. Below you can view images of their work and read about their conference presentations.
Art, Feminism, and the Home: Domesticity Reexamined
Brittany Sundgren ’09, Studio Art Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon, Art Department
My independent studies in printmaking this year have explored issues of feminist art. Throughout the year, I have been considering the concept of home and belonging by viewing objects through a feminist lens. I wanted to explore and present these ideas using different visual formats, including handmade books, prints, sewing, and performance. Along the way, I have become particularly interested in traditionally feminine objects associated with the home: aprons, spools, teapots, and the like. Currently, we are seeing a kind of new domesticity, or reclaiming of domesticity emerge; motifs and styles reminiscent of those used in the 1950s and ’60s are popular once again. This, in conjunction with my studies, has led me to create a dollhouse that reconsiders the ideas of feminine objects and their place.
Courtney Richter ’09, Studio Art and Art History Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon & Daniela Rivera, Art Department
I began my thesis year thinking about objects and images that evoke strong sensory and emotional experiences from my childhood. A typewriter, a tufted living room chair, a canoe, a trumpet and a multitude of other seemingly unconnected objects form my “image lexicon.” Experimenting with different image combinations, I attempted to reinvent pieces of my childhood. The effort to grasp these memories, however, is in vain, for my recollections are tainted by the passage of time, dominated by a particular feeling, or revised by subsequent experiences. Using collage processes in print, drawing, and other media, I am able to add, delete, shift, and revise imagery, mimicking the fragmented nature of memories.