Mentor: Julia Morrisroe
College of Fine Arts
"My first year in this school (as a transfer student), I was introduced to Light Installation Art through an art history research assignment. The concepts and artists behind Light Art really fascinated me, yet I didn't know how to begin working it into my own practice since it was more of a technological and scientific inquiry of perception. When I came across the Scholar program, it seemed like a great opportunity to explore the world light art first hand in with a grand tour throughout Europe, and follow up experimentation in my studio. My goals for the year are to discover new ways of creating art, and new ways of seeing.
- 2010-12 Dean's List / President's Honor Roll 2011
- Jane Howard Schmehl Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Cultural and Performing Arts 2011
- Visual Arts Talent Scholarship 2011
- Ocala Art Group Scholarship 2011
- College Transfer Student Scholarship 2011
- BrainBowl Academic Scholarship
- Creativity in the Arts and Sciences (CASE)
Hobbies and Interests
A phenomenological Study of Light and Space
I’m interested in studying how installation artworks effect the senses, using artificial and natural light, as a medium. From this study I will challenge the conventions of art by making artworks that manipulate the phenomenological experience of the viewer. Since the Renaissance, light has been a vital subject in the fine arts, being that light is the sole stimulus for vision. This project includes a reading program, travel research and the creation of new light based artworks. I’ll begin with a cross-disciplinary survey of texts in the fields of neuroscience, gestalt psychology, physics and the visual arts. This summer I’ll travel to the epicenter of this artistic research, in the German cities of Berlin, Unna and Kassel, to conduct studio visits, interviews, and experience light based installation artworks, particularly at the Center for International Light Art, Studio Olafur Elliason, Documenta 13, and several other institutes. From these venues, I’ll develop sketches, notes, photographs to guide my future studio based work. Some questions that I will attempt to answer in my subsequent studio work include: what response does my body have to the scale of the space, the color of light, and/or the rhythm of light’s tempo; how does subjective vision, such as “after-images” effect the viewing experience and memory; what technology and materials are used and how are they implemented or constructed; how does a team or group of artists work together to produce large-scale artworks; what becomes of the ego when inside of an “infinity” room, confronted with homogenous light, darkness, or mirrors; what aesthetics can be derived from light; what is it about light that makes it so appealing to artists throughout the ages, either being depicted symbolically in paintings, used as a painterly technique, or now implemented fully within a sculpture/installation setting?