SRU senior art majors exhibit work


Terram Novum art exhibit

Derek Robbins, an art major from New Castle, is displaying family-themed artwork during his senior show in the Martha Gault Art Gallery. Senior student work will be exhibited through Dec. 11.

Dec. 1, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seven Slippery Rock University senior art majors are displaying their work, including fiber, multimedia and sculpture, during SRU's series of senior exhibitions now through Dec. 11 in the Martha Gault Art Gallery.

Rachel Mortimer, Derek Robbins and Linda Gercken.

Left to Right: Rachel Mortimer, Derek Robbins and Linda Gercken

"The artwork presented is the culmination of the students' studies as fine arts majors and represents their own personal exploration and research," said Theresa Antonellis, SRU instructor of art and gallery director. "Each exhibition is produced and installed by the student."

Senior shows by Linda Gercken of Milton, Rachel Mortimer of Emlenton and Derek Robbins of New Castle will run through Dec. 4.

Monica Taylor of Cranberry and Sara Sanderson of Freedom will exhibit artwork from Dec. 7-11. An opening reception for Taylor's "Layers of Time" and Sanderson's "L77" will be offered at 6 p.m., Dec. 8.

Two graduating seniors showed their creations earlier in November. Dana Stasko of New Kensington presented "Deviation" and Alexandra Kirsch of Spotsylvania, Virginia, offered "Venus Reborn." Kirsch's work was awarded a place in the Fiber Arts International 2016 Exhibition.

Gercken said her exhibition "Reclaimed" finds inspiration in "local properties that have been forgotten." She uses the printmaking process of etching.

"I created images of houses that were once homes, vehicles that will never spark back to life and pieces of a past life that have been forgotten," she said. "The etching process causes unforeseen results that imply the cycle of decay and new life."

After graduating, Gercken said she hopes to put her printmaking skills to good use with employment at professional printmaking studios in the Nashville area.

Mortimer said her exhibition "Terram Novum" is inspired by "marine biology and mysteries of the earth and evolution."

"Using synthetic felt, wool-roving, thread and dry felting techniques, I created organic forms as unknown creatures that could potentially exist in our world," she said. "To enhance a scientific aesthetic, sculptures are placed in glass jars and test tubes, as if researchers study them for the first time."

After graduating, Mortimer plans to attend Carlow University to complete the K-12 art education certification.

Robbins' "Your Family Reunion" explores the concept of "family."

"Family is a wonderful association and not just blood ties," Robbins said. "I wish to bring the audience that greets my work an uplifting notion that even the loneliest of us have someone there for us. That individual may be a long time friend, or someone we just met. I combine all media I'm fluent with, to represent the marriages of all differences within our population. In short, everyone you meet can be influential and no one person should feel isolated."

Hours for the Martha Gault Art Gallery, in Maltby Center, are noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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