By Bethany Bohlen
Photo & Art Editor
Liz Aitken, WMU sophomore majoring in art education, will be presenting a show in collaboration with Holly Rae Quist on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Kohrman Hall, room 1206.
Q: How would you describe your show?
A: An art exhibit where the pieces are rooted in the foundation of emotions upon experiencing a classical piano repertoire. Upon the communication of the visual and musical art, the exhibit alters perception to become a metaphor for human interaction.
Q: What do you hope to communicate through your show, and what motivated you to do the show?
A: My wish is to convey a study of human emotion and how various moods can not only be the affected, but also relay affectation; all through visual and musical dialogue. Holly Rae Quist and I were up one night talking art and music and became inspired by how art and music are not only like languages in of themselves to communicate with people, but how the relationship between the two also has a certain dialect. From there, the project simply gathered speed.
Q: What are your main interests as an arist, and what are your long-term goals?
A: My main interests as an artist are to be able to investigate, experiment, react, communicate, and express all that I believe and learn of this world through the exploration of art. One of my main long term art goals is to travel, learn as much about the world and all it’s different art forms through my experiences as I can and express my beliefs about the world and it’s interactions through art.
Q: What is it like to be putting together your own show as a sophomore? What kind of work did you have to do to make this happen?
A: Well, it’s been quite a challenge juggling all of the work for the show and schoolwork. However, with tons of prayer, encouragement, and coffee, I managed to have nine large pen and ink drawings and a batiked dress ready for show. For the pen and ink drawings, I used india ink and a little bit of black acrylic paint on each.
The dress required 6 yards of batiked fabric and some sewing guidance from my grandmother (a dress making guru…) Holly also practiced a full piano concert repertoire over the course of the semester; spending hours on each one.
Q: What’s your perspective on collaborating with other students for shows?
A: I loved working on the piece with Holly! I think that collaborating with other students on a show is a wonderful way to bounce ideas off one another and be able to create and express something through different mediums (art forms) and points of views. As with all collaboration efforts, there is always a little give and take; however, I can honestly say that on this show, we have agreed on most everything.