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OCU Art Students to Present Work at ICI Meeting

April 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Two Oakland City University art students, sophomore and graphic design student Ashley Cross from Richland, IN and  senior studio major Caitlin Crisp from Fort Branch, will have colored pencil drawings on display at the Independent Colleges of Indiana meeting in Indianapolis on April 16. Interacting Emotions was an assignment from a drawing class in April of 2011. Ashley created an alter ego portrait and decided to show the interactions of her emotions. The right side of the drawing shows a portrait of her struggling with worry and depression. The necklace in the drawing was her grandma’s last Christmas gift from Ashley. On the left side of the drawing is a portrait of happiness and freedom. The light-hearted side gives the dark side a warm embrace of love and support. It shows that the love and light of God helps through the darkest times.

Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter is a series of four drawings of peacocks. The peacock series is full of color, which relates to Caitlin’s personal life by saying that there is never a dull moment, and it is often punctuated with bright, beautiful things. The peacocks were chosen for color expression as well as their curvilinear line. The overall goal in creating her artwork is to produce something that has meaning for her and says something about her, which is liberating, exciting, and altogether terrifying. It is like sharing a secret with the world. The meaning behind much of her artwork is inspired by past events and struggles that have either hurt her or helped make her who she is.

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