The Wells College Visual Arts Department is proud to announce the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition features the final work produced by the Department's seven Studio Arts seniors and serves as the culmination of their course of study.
Regina Agoruah (Atlanta, GA) developed her love for photography after taking a film photography class at Wells. Her photographic work focuses on unique communities that deal with social, cultural and political issues. She uses photography and video in her thesis work to document a historical tattoo shop from her hometown. Upon graduating she intends to travel to Shanghai and Tokyo to continue her arts education.
Tyler Bischoff (Allendale, N.J.) has been practicing his discipline on the potter's wheel and free hand sculpting since attending the Gow School in South Wales, N.Y. He decorates his utilitarian ceramics in an abstract expressionist aesthetic to emphasize the performance of both making the vessels and underglazing his work. Tyler plans to renovate his family barn and open his own ceramic studio by the Fall of 2015.
John Broughal (The Bronx, N.Y.) developed his skills as a painter during his time at Wells College. He is experimenting with ideas of potential, and views his work as an appreciation for traditional standards in painting made evident by giving abrupt examples of why these standards were made.
Shalisa Chang's (Brooklyn, N.Y.) love for art matured when she became involved with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Shalisa was inspired by her study of film photography during her time abroad. In this work she brings attention to the strength of the female body through different photographic perspectives. Shalisa will be participating in the SHARP/Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program this August and September.
Melissa Hendrickson (Oneonta, N.Y.) uses acrylic paint on canvas to depict a series of animals interacting with objects as though they are human. Her paintings rely on a strict set of rules regulating how she constructs an image and utilize the same quick humor associated with techniques common to the Internet and Photoshop. Melissa juxtaposes that humor with the laborious process of painting to create a realistic yet altogether absurd image.
Alex Torea (Aurora N.Y.) has focused his practice in aerial photography supported by wooden sculpture. His artwork is an installation piece including both mediums. His work expresses his love for flying and captures the fleeting moments that few can see from above. Alex plans to pursue a career in aviation and photography after graduation.
Hyla Waldron (Auburn, N.Y.) is a multi-disciplinary artist. Over the past year her work has focused on relational aesthetics. Hyla creates environments that foster trust with the intention of inspiring adults to play. In addition to attending Wells full-time, she lives in Auburn, NY with her husband and four children.