“Journey,” a single installation art exhibit, and senior thesis presentation, by Azusa Pacific graduate student Karen Bowdoin will be on display July 14–18, 2013, from 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon.–Thurs., and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, at the Robert Bullock Gallery located at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa. The work, inspired by Bowdoin’s own spiritual sojourn and unanswered questions, will feature an opening reception and artist talk scheduled July 14 from 6–9 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend.

A Dundee, Oregon native, Bowdoin will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art on July 26, 2013.

“The installation, made of felted wool, communicates the idea of a spiritual journey,” said Bowdoin. “Life experiences help mold us, and many factors influence us along the way. What makes us different from others is the way we choose to interpret or use these distinct occurrences that weave together to create a life uniquely our own. I want the viewers to identify with the journey I present.”

Bowdoin describes felted wool as a fabric made from carded, wool fiber through a process of either wet-rubbing or needling the strands together. The barbed wool fibers form connectors, establishing tight bonds between the single threads. The more they are worked together, the tighter the bond becomes.

“The physical, rhythmic process of beating the wool with the needles exemplifies the idea of the passage of time, from the routine of daily life and the physical and spiritual struggles endured to the different seasons of our spiritual lives. All form a rhythm, a cadence to which all of life submits,” Bowdoin said.

The Department of Art and Design, housed in the new College of Music and the Arts, offers a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, an online Master of Arts in Modern Art History, and three undergraduate art degrees.