Senior art students to present work in practicum exhibit

PLAINVIEW – Boasting two unique styles and themes, the newest exhibit in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University features the work of two graduating seniors. The show runs through May 5.

Tim Fisher, an art and theatre major from Denver, Colo., and Luciana Rempel Barror, an art major from Seminole, present the exhibit in fulfillment of their art practicum required for graduation. Fisher has titled his exhibit “V-Effekt,” while Rempel’s is called “Pedestrian.”

“If the soul of art is the meaning of life, then the search for ultimate reason is the pursuit of artists. Lucy Barror and Tim Fisher are two young artists whose explorations in the purest sense are in search of meaning,” said Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art and curator for the gallery. “I recognize their quest, and applaud it.”

Barror said her love for the visual arts came after high school, and she decided to study art at Wayland early in her college career. She found inspiration and pleasure in the world around her, noting that “vacations to various mountain regions impressed on me an appreciation for nature and opened my eyes to the beauty that can be found in West Texas.”

As an artist, Barror enjoys working with pastels and clay sculpture, preferring themes from nature and using her natural surroundings as resources. With a heavy interest in environmental conservation, Barror enjoys using organic materials in her artwork as well. In one particular series titled “Individual Interaction,” Barror used clay sculptures and the “trash-can” firing technique to achieve various results.

“Things I am experiencing often find their way into my pieces,” Barror said. “When I’m trying to make a particular statement I have found working three-dimensionally to be most successful. I make a list of key concepts and associated words, then focus on the ones I feel I can best convey visually.”

After graduation, Barror plans to continue her education abroad, preferring Latin America. She would like to work in education and conservation. She is the daughter of Abe and Lena Rempel of Seminole.

“Luciana deals directly with expressions of her observed concerns about the world, making visual comments with selected natural objects juxtaposed with the castoff elements of consumer society. Her work speaks to environmental issues, and presents considered outcomes and alternatives to the waste and artificiality which permeates our culture,” Keller said.

Fisher, son of Tom and Kelly Fisher of San Antonio, considers himself a quiet thinker, noting “there isn’t much to my life that I consider momentous or commanding, yet I understand Nietzsche to mean that all life is just that.”

A self-described “exceedingly withdrawn” person, Fisher’s work features collages and colorful pieces meant to lure the viewer into the same contemplative state he enjoys. His artwork reflects much of his thoughts, emotions and life experiences in the same contemplative manner.

“A contemplative observer, Tim's works visualize strong personal convictions and yet offer them to the viewer in a cool and analytical manner, creating a visual tension. His works present concepts and situations, leaving the viewers to ponder their own conclusions regarding the meaning,” Keller noted.

“Tim is a strong colorist painter, confidently working with dramatic and unexpected combinations which add intensity to his figurative works, and sometimes create surreal or dreamlike atmosphere. Both Tim and Lucy have unique artistic voices, and I know they will continue to interpret the visual world and translate it into their works in original and meaningful ways.”

A reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday, April 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery and atrium. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit may be viewed in the gallery, located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, during regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 2-5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 291-3710.