By Grace Ingraham, VPA Marketing Intern
The beauty of nature surrounds us daily, but most of us only see the attractiveness of the world at its surface. At the 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition professors show pieces that take the essence of nature and turn it into a different way of viewing the world around us.
“I want my students to walk away being enthusiastic about art and curious about the world,” said Catherine Wilcox-Titus, director of the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery and Visual and Performing Arts professor at Worcester State University.
The 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition is a collection of the creative artwork of 11 faculty members of WSU, including Cathy. It opens Feb. 16 – March 16 with an opening reception on Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m. Free admission.
Faculty artists narrowed their focus onto one specific project. Cathy chose to focus on her series about the physical properties of water.
“I grew up around water and began to be fascinated with the water patterns,” said Cathy. “My focus is mostly on Massachusetts during the winter and the winter ice it creates.”
To create the still photographs of the different properties of water, Cathy used a basic digital camera and a tripod.
All great artist find inspiration from specific people that influence their work. Cathy’s comes from Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish photographer and environmentalist.
“I love the way he takes a natural environment and makes it stunning and he doesn’t tamper with it,” said Cathy. “That is what I try to do with my artwork. I find something beautiful in our world and photograph it in its natural form.”
Cathy isn’t the only WSU professor choosing nature as the focus of artwork in the 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition. Suzanne Gainer is also presenting her artwork at the Exhibition.
During her sabbatical, Suzanne travelled to Ostional, Costa Rica to work on her Arribadas series. Suzanne photographed the gathering of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles as they arrived on Ostional’s shores to nest.
Suzanne first learned about the mass sea turtle nesting from visiting Costa Rica with students in the spring. The mating season for sea turtles is in the month of October which is why Suzanne planned this special trip during her sabbatical. She wanted to experience the nesting in real life.
“Photographing Costa Rica and this nesting allows the spectators to see the similarities and vast differences of other cultures around the world,” said Suzanne.
When asked what she hopes her audience takes from her photos Suzanne said, “I want them to be fascinated and recognize the beauty of our planet and see the sense of fragility in this situation.”
You can see Cathy’s, Suzanne’s and many other professors’ artwork from Feb. 16 to March 16 at the 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition in the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery located in the Ghosh Science and Tech building on the Worcester State campus. The opening reception takes place Feb. 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. and includes free refreshments. Regular Gallery hours are Tue. – Fri 11 a.m., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m. and admission is free.