(from the Monroe Journal)
Wesley H. Ortiz, a 1998 MSU Department of Art graduate, recently culminated his graduate studies at The University of Mississippi with a thesis exhibition at the Southside Gallery on Oxford’s historic square.
The show, titled Muted Resistance, featured 12 works completed during the past year. The works, created with gesso, acrylic, charcoal and graphite, combine placid fields of whites and toned grays, juxtaposed with violent applications of drawing materials to create turmoil.
“My paintings are the voice of silenced negative human emotion. The works are expressions of negativity, despondency, confusion, anxiety, subjugation and the loss of identity,” said Ortiz. “They are examples of internal reactions to external tension. Each piece presents a fragile state of vulnerability and the act of fighting against or succumbing to the overwhelming distress. They represent our human psyche and physical tolerance to the many degrees of agony.”
Ortiz joined The University of Mississippi in 2010 as a graduate student in the Fine Art Department. In 2011, he won first place in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition. His work has been featured in the Meridian Museum of Art and the Amory Regional Museum in Mississippi, as well as the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; the After Sputnik exhibition in Long Island City, New York; Tennessee Valley Art Association in Tuscumbia, Alabama; and Juried Online International Art Exhibit at Upstream People Gallery.
He received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Mississippi on May 11.