Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents BFA Thesis Exhibitions 2016, a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. First up is work from Photography major Mackenzie Maroney and Fine Art major Cassi Wright. Opening Thursday, March 24, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Maroney’s Today I Saw A Butterfly and Wright’s The Hallowed Woods will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery through April 3.
Mackenzie Maroney, Parker, CO • mackenziemaroney.squarespace.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: Today I Saw A Butterfly (digital photographs, home video, vintage photographs, installation)
Today I Saw A Butterfly reflects on Maroney’s relationship with her grandmother, Rosemary, who experienced Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years. Using a compilation of photographs and mixed media, this body of work dives into the idea of memory, memory loss, and the overall connection between two people that is being revived.
“Memory, even in the rest of us, is a shifting, fading, partial thing, a net that doesn’t catch all the fish by any means and sometimes catches butterflies that don’t exist.” –Rebecca Solnit
Mackenzie Maroney is a Nashville-based photographer who moved from a small town in central Colorado to pursue her passion for art at Watkins. Her work has been seen in numerous publications such as The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, Local Wolves Magazine, Eide magazine, Design Sponge and more. While focusing mainly on portraits, she strives to capture raw moments and build connections with her subjects. “My photographs are ones that tell stories, and, even more than that, create an experience. They build off of real emotions, everyday experiences, and relationships, as well as the overall simplicities and complications of life.”
Cassi Wright, Nashville • https://cassiwright.wordpress.com/thestudyofisrael/
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: The Hallowed Woods (merged images and pyrography)
An exhibition of pyrography (the art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point), The Hallowed Woods explores sacred texts and mysterious prophecies made about Israel in the scriptures. This work deals with the abstract nature of faith in a foreign God and the merging of everyday reality to create images that seem impossible in the physical.
Wright used typography and Photoshop to create merged images, and birchwood and the detailer from Colwood’s woodburning tools for the pyrography.
The double exhibition is free and the public is invited.
Joining Maroney and Wright in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the Watkins lighting studio); david onri anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, April 21-May 1; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. The shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.