I am proud to present my MFA Thesis Show body of work entitled Play. You may click on the images to view them at a larger size.
We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more. –Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, speaking of the Neverland
My work is inspired by the joyful feelings that come from an awe-filled outlook on the world that a child understands and naturally possesses. There is a beauty within such memories, and those experiences are still there to rediscover and savor today. Remember to never forget the rush of flying toward the sky with the help of a swing-set, hiding from monsters underneath bed-sheet forts, that pets are the greatest secretkeepers, and that lightning bugs are fairies in disguise. Today’s culture focuses so much on what a child should learn from adults. My art focuses on the opposite: What can adults relearn from children to better enjoy our daily lives? What magical and fun occurrences are overlooked in this busy, straight-forward world?
To construct my illustrative pieces, hand-recylced paper is transformed into twodimensional and three-dimensional creations. My work translated through this medium feels profoundly appropriate, as many children first express themselves through art by manipulating a sheet of paper. And like this sheet of paper, childhood is fragile and full of possibilities. The art of papermaking is a messy, tactile process, and calls to mind memories of mud pies and sand castles. To achieve a variety of forms, contemporary methods are utilized such as laser cutting and etching. My intent is for the audience to experience a sense of wonder upon viewing my work, and realize life can once again be a grand adventure.
On the front wall of the gallery, awesome cyanotype portraits by Jaime Johnson were hung of the MFA candidates in the show.
Business cards and artist statements:
“Cloud Gazing” installation made with hand-recycled paper. This was inspired by my memories of looking at the white, puffy clouds in the sky as a child and imagining shapes and figures. I had a lot of help making these casted paper forms, as documented in my earlier blog posts.
Laser cut original typography on hand-recycled paper:
Laser cut hand-recycled paper leaves:
My gallery area:
Many thanks to Matthew Ramsaur and Jaime Johnson for the awesome photos! I will have my portfolio website brittanyspencer.com updated with new imagery soon. I am now looking forward to graduation at Louisiana Tech University in a couple weeks! Three years of study, research, and art-making has paid off. Please click to check out my friends’ work who were also in the show:
Jaime Johnson, photography
Peter Hay, painting and printmaking
Casey Parkinson, ceramics
Matthew Knopps, sculpture
MC Davis, painting
Jake Dugard, screen-printing