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Ruhlman Conference Presentations May 4, 2009

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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

Brittany Sundgren, '09 Brittany Sundgren, '09

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.

Brittany Sundgren, '09

Memories Retold

Courtney Richter ’09, Studio Art and Art History Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon & Daniela Rivera, Art Department

Courtney Richter, '09 Courtney Richter, '09

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.

Courtney Richter, '09


Patrick Earl Hammie Deinstall April 27, 2009

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This past Saturday morning Patrick Earl Hammie’s exhibition Equivalent Exchange was deinstalled. By comparison, taking down exhibitions is ridiculously fast compared to the many hours that are necessary to install the exhibition. In this case, it was just a matter of taking the paintings off the wall, and then walking them out the door into a moving truck.  The last stage is patching the walls with spackle to cover up holes made in the wall from the nails, and some quick sanding to keep the walls neat.

Patrick Earl Hammie: Deinstall

We are pleased to have had this opportunity to work with Patrick on this exhibition; the exhibition was enthusiastically received on campus and generated a very strong response.  One person in the guestbook commented that they made a “daily pilgrimage” to view his exhibition.

As we approach the end of the academic year, the gallery will shift its focus to artworks being displayed and presented for tomorrow’s campus wide Ruhlman Conference, during which faculty and students collaborate across disciplines to enhance the intellectual life of the college.  The gallery then ends the year with “Again and Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition.”