"Each year, Montserrat pulls out all the stops and displays student artwork on every available surface. Classrooms, galleries and hallways are bedecked with recently made paintings, prints, photos and drawings; sculptures rise from the floor and hang from ceilings, and videos play from screens and projectors."Amanda had four pieces of art that were chosen to be displayed by her teachers so it seemed like a good time to take my mother with me so that maybe she could see what exactly her oldest granddaughter had been doing with her advanced education and my former retirement money! Jamie accompanied us and we arrived at the college around 2:00 or so and took a walk through the artwork that was displayed throughout pretty much the entire building.
As per usual with art, some of it I got and some of it totally went over my head but I've more or less gotten used to that over the past few years and I fully understand that art is objective to whomever happens to be looking at it. My Mom, being a traditionalist, probably had even more of it go over her head and I had rather expected that but as I told her, as a freshman the students have to learn a lot of different techniques and styles before they can declare a concentration. Kind of like freshmen going through all of the trades in a tech school before they choose their field except at Montserrat they're doing it with paints and brushes and charcoal and other mediums.
I really didn't take too many pictures as I'm fighting a nasty chest cold and wasn't exactly feeling up to par but I did take pictures of the pieces that Amanda had on display. Those of you who have followed Amanda's artwork on this blog aren't going to be at all surprised by the subject matter for two of her pieces:
"Gas Mask Still Life #2 in Oil Paint & Charcoal"
"Gas Mask Still Life #3 in Oil Paint & Charcoal"
Her 3-D sculpture is made up of gears from clocks that she cut out from wood herself:
And my favorite piece that she had in the show was her self-portrait in charcoal as I've got to believe that it's very hard to draw yourself. I mean, heck, I don't even like having my picture taken never mind having to draw it and if I did try to draw myself, it sure the heck wouldn't look like me!
My mother did like the artwork that was from the Illustration Department which is what Amanda hopes to concentrate in but which she couldn't take as a freshman but which, if we can figure out the financing for future years, I'm sure she'd be very good at. That's still up in the air though so it's back to college financing stress for us. Fun.
It's kind of hard to believe that her freshman year is going to be over in just about a month ... where did the time go? ... but in another month I'll be making the trip back up to Beverly to bring Amanda home for the summer - a summer which I hope doesn't have bad written all over it as I have two unemployed teenagers hanging around the house. One can only hope that there really are jobs out there like people keep claiming there are!