Fine Art ‘Metamorphosis’ show to light up campus gallery

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Fine Art ‘Metamorphosis’ show to light up campus gallery

Written by Andre Hernandez, thesis public relations chair

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
~John A. Simone, Sr.

Mary Lucas Halliwell

Mary-Lucas Halliwell

“Change” is a simple word that can provoke feelings of joy, sorrow, anxiety and even fear. How does one deal with change? After the loss of her dear friend Callye Haney, Mississippi State University senior Mary-Lucas Halliwell of Hattiesburg decided she would cope by creating a series of sculptural works. Crystal forms, burgeoning flowers and other growing forms reveal an emotional world inside her. Through experimentation with materials such as carved foam board, hand-cast urethane plastic, beads, gold wire, glitter and much more, Halliwell’s series of artworks transforms into a self-portrait containing influences of Haney. The resulting body of work took the artist on an emotional journey, which not only allowed her to cope with the loss of her friend but also allowed her to further discover who she is as an artist.

Halliwell and her four exhibiting colleagues will reveal the work in MSU’s Fine Art Thesis Show in the Department of Art Gallery (located in McComas Hall on the Mississippi State University campus) from April 15 through April 22. A public reception will be held in the Gallery on April 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Introductions of the honored students by Department Art Interim Head Jamie Mixon and faculty will take place at 6 p.m.

“Metamorphosis” is an exhibition presenting work from their final year of study by MSU’s BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Art/ Fine Art students. These five senior students have composed bodies of work that deal with the idea of transformation in its many varieties. Be it the progression of time, the loss of ego or the transitioning of shape and form, “Metamorphosis” grabs the viewers’ attention by focusing on the ideas behind change.

Sarah Kilpatrick

Sarah Kilpatrick

Through the use of lumber as well as recycled parts, Sarah Kilpatrick of Cumberland has developed a series of works titled “Pieces of a Whole” which represent the past, present and future as well as the influences each of these time frames places on one another. Each work holds the potential to stand on its own; however, when viewed as a uniform piece, the collection resembles an incomplete infinity knot.

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair of Flowood has created ceramic pieces which represent the individual’s loss of ego and describe the different levels of connection to the self, the universe and the higher consciousness. Varying degrees of fragility within each work presents a metaphor for the delicateness and complexity of the human mind. While each piece within the series is completely unique, all are made through the same process with the same intent.

Landen Olivia Peairs

Landen Olivia Peairs

Using plywood, dowel rods and acrylic paint, Landen Olivia Peairs of Brookhaven takes the viewer back to the basics of design by fashioning complex shapes through the overlapping of circles, squares and rectangles. Peairs covers the shapes using acrylic paint to orchestrate color harmony and a sense of balance among the forms. Multiple levels of dowel rods raise shapes to different heights, engaging the viewer to observe the works from many choices of angles.

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez of Olive Branch has built a series of paintings depicting surreal, organic forms and shapes which seem to grow from one another. Hernandez uses a pouring process of splatter painting, which establishes a blueprint upon which forms emerge. The artist states that, “the end image is unknown until the work is finished; planning occurs during the development of the painting rather than prior.”

The exhibition “Metamorphosis” has been developed as a part of the senior capstone experience in MSU’s Department of Art, wherein Senior Research and Senior Thesis Fine Art students engage in research, writing and presentation processes leading to a final exhibition and portfolio.

The largest university art program in the state, the MSU Department of Art was formed in 1968 and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art with concentrations in Fine Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture), Graphic Design and Photography.

The MSU Department of Art Gallery is located in McComas Hall and is open from 10  a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For directions or more information, call 662 325 2970, or visit

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