Art professor Terri Hughes-Oelrich’s students exhibited some of the fruits of their learning experiences on Nov. 18 in a heart-warming and thought-provoking show of vision and talent.
Human heads sculpted from clay by Jessica Tello, Michelle Lai, Henry Gross and other students hinted at the inner thoughts and personalities of the artists. Facial expressions on the sculptures ranged from a tortured look on a head with an arrow through it to a happy-go-lucky smile on the head of a Rastafarian from Jamaica.
Michelle Gregoire and Phillip Stolt created “What Happened to Miss Texas?” to tell the story of modern young women consumed with their desire to live it up. The sculpture consisted of Barbie dolls wearing provocative, body-hugging dresses who were caged in an old wire nest hanging from the ceiling. One doll wearing a bikini made out of Dos Equis bottle caps depicts a party-hardy woman perhaps on Spring Break on a Mexican beach.
“This is a commentary on how young girls in society are willing to completely display themselves in the name of having fun,” Gregoire said. “They don’t realize that there are consequences.”
Chris Fahlberg displayed a collection of figures he created from remnants of barbecue chips, bamboo sticks and other found wood. His sculptures included an abstract figure named “The Man,” a pair of tennis shoes modeled after his own, and a hand representing half of a prayer pose — and Fahlberg’s rendition of an unfinished face was particularly eye-catching.
“It is unfinished because it is sort of a domestic violence kind of thing,” Fahlberg explained. “The young lady that was murdered here on campus (Diana Gonzalez) inspired me to leave it unfinished. That’s my tribute to her and all the women who are battered.”