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Earth Day Art Exhibit

by Brandon Wong '10

From April 26-May 6 the Earth Day inspired art exhibit, Environment, was hosted in the L Gallery of West Campus by the Azusa Pacific Department of Art. The exhibit featured the work of seven APU student artists who created pieces in order to express and share their view of the environment with people.

The exhibit aimed to present the purpose of Earth Day, and to build awareness toward preserving the environment. The artists were replicated the outdoor settings through materials such as acrylic, oil, wood, found objects, etc. to make works that were personal, social, and functional. The tried art pieces also were also created in order to answer the questions: How do we create these environments? Why do we create them? How do we get our viewers to connect with them?

A few of the pieces included a hanging lantern aquarium, a hanging swing, a gnome in the forest, and an enclosed night sky. Each piece was chosen specifically by the exhibit organizer, Jessica Lucia '11.

Thinking about the environment and Earth Day, Lucia had something special in mind. The artist statement for the exhibit emphasized her search for the unique and for pieces that were pertinent to the message of the exhibit.

It stated that "no matter what manufactured or raw materials we use, they are manifested from the ground on which we stand. Regardless of the life we aim to preserve, we are inevitably, and often unintentionally, preserving the spectrum of colors that surround all forms of life. It is through our reverence of nature's diverse colors that one comes to appreciate the flourishing hues of green, the ocean's crashing shades of blue, or the browns through which life first takes root. As nature displays its array of organic color on living canvases, this exhibition calls one to reflect on how such vibrancy envelops person, animal and plant in our collective Environment."

Lucia said she was looking for pieces that invited viewers to be a part of the artist's environments - whatever that may have been. Each viewer will inevitably interpret each piece in a different way, and that is very much the goal of the exhibit - to get viewers to use their imaginations, to think and ponder about what they think the artist was trying to do. She said there is no right or wrong answer just a peak into our collective environment.

The exhibit showcases the talents of APU students and brings viewers into the very unique world that artists live and the way in which they see the world.