Watkins’ BFA Thesis Exhibitions continue with a triple offering from Lily Adcock, Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Alana Stevenson, the fourth in a five-part series from 12 graduating students in the Departments of Fine Art and Photography. The senior thesis projects – Adcock’s Inhabit, Mitchell’s ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you and Stevenson’s high-gloss – will open in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on Thursday, April 21, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and remain on display through May 1.
The triple exhibition and opening are free.
BFA in Fine Art
Show title: Inhabit (silicone sculptures, photography)
Lily Adcock, who creates under the name Lilith Ivy, is a fine artist who specializes in silicone sculptures and bodily photographs. Lilith Ivy’s work concentrates on isolating spaces, gender binary, and control. Through the use of photography, duct tape installation, and silicone mixed with various formulas of make up, Inhabit displays an anxious view of how one sees self through an occupied space.
Upreyl Mitchell, Detroit, MI • upreyl.com
BFA in Photography
Show title: ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you (metal, sound, mold making, cotton)
An interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with photography, sculpture, and sound, Upreyl Mitchell focuses her work on issues of race, class, and gender. Her show, ‘cuz they ain’t make ‘em like you, addresses issues surrounding the image of black women and their bodies, using sculpture and sound to create a dialogue for the experiences shared by black women.
Sophia Alana Stevenson, Nashville
BFA in Fine Art
high-gloss (sculpture, performance)
Sophia Alana Stevenson has an extensive background in ceramics which led her to work primarily in sculpture. high-gloss uses sculpture, video, and audience performance to explore products that are inherently gendered feminine. Specific materials like latex, leather, and fur conjure up feelings of desire but can constrict the body to submission. Her work displays the fetishization of objects and how they alter our original functionality. She has shown work with a Nashville-based feminist group and curated the 2015 exhibition Point of Reference, which was first staged at Kent State University and later at Watkins’ Currey Gallery.
Additional participants in this Fine Art and Photography thesis series are Mackenzie Maroney and Cassi Wright, March 24-April 3; Joseph Newsome, April 7 (in the lighting studio); david onri Anderson, Andrew Cox and Christopher Strachan, April 7-17; and Mali Hamilton, Aaron Harper and Rebecca Lindley, May 5-15. These shows will be on view in Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, located in the main academic building on the Watkins campus.