‘Trichotomy’ features work by three Tech graduate students

Apr 26, 2011 | General News, Liberal Arts

Three Louisiana Tech graduate art students will display their talents at the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Show, “Trichotomy.” Jessica Hawkins’ “Watch Your Language” is an installation-based exploration of the effect of new technologies on the English language, encouraging viewers to dissect their own methods and modes of communication. Hawkins said she has been a visual person surrounded by a family of analytical thinkers, including an accountant father, management information systems mother and computer programmer brother. “It wasn’t until halfway through college that I discovered an occupation into which I could channel my adolescent obsession with drawing letterforms and doodling patterns,” Hawkins said. “My work is defined by a strong sense of concept and an equal concern with the meaning of both words and image.” Edward Kersh’s series, “New Naturalism,” observes patterns in behavior and evolution across the natural and unnatural worlds. “As an image maker, I gravitate towards surreal, fantastical scenes that are both serious and darkly comical,” Kersh said. “As a designer, I believe in pragmatism. Most of my work tends to fall somewhere between. Currently, I am developing work that blends these fields — work that explores the subtleties of instinct, the cataclysmic and often ironic effect behavior has on both individuals and species.” Caroline Youngblood’s “18 Seconds (The Enchanted Trail)” is an installation of cinematic, small scale, monochromatic watercolors based on a sequence of stills from an 8mm vacation film, circa 1954, found in the artist’s grandmother’s home. Youngblood volunteers at arts organizations in Monroe, Columbia and Baton Rouge. She has teaching experience as an instructor for beginning watercolor and teaching assistant in freshman drawing at the college level. Her work has been included in nine juried and three solo exhibitions. “Trichotomy” will begin Thursday, May 5 at the School of Art galleries with a reception that day at 6 p.m. The show will last until May 18. The School of Art galleries are located in the Visual Arts Center between Tech Drive and Mayfield Street, next to the Natatorium and across from A.E. Phillips School. The galleries are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.  For more information please call the School of Art at 318-257-3909.