Studio Art

This collection contains the work made by students in Grinnell’s Studio Art Department. Student work involves a broad range of media from studio courses, which includes: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, print media, digital media, and installation. It also features images from student exhibitions at the Smith Gallery, and the annual Bachelor of Arts Exhibition at the Faulconer Gallery.

This wood sculpture explores the invisible tension and balance needed in conversing with others. Constructed as a seesaw, this sculpture can only maintain balance when two people are sitting.

After shadowing an orthopedic hand surgeon, I was confronted with the power of our hands in defining our autonomy. I reflected on my experiences as well as read scientific literature to grow my understanding of the role of autonomy in healthcare. These works are a product of my ongoing investigation. Each work investigates a dilemma related to autonomy in different life stages: childhood, young adulthood, mid-adulthood, and late adulthood. Though inspired by observations directly related to the function of our hands, my works are not about the ableness of our hands but are instead about how our hands provide a connection to the world around us. Over time, I realized that although the word “autonomy” implies individualism, one can only be autonomous if they feel supported by the people and environment around them – autonomy relies on interconnectedness to exist. With this portfolio, I reflected on the power of my hands not only in my own life but also in the lives of others as I use my hands to protect and restore the health and wellness of others as a physician.

Dann, Bailey.
This work comes out of the desire to produce a visual representation of the wounds Indigenous women have faced in postcolonial society and show through the healing process that their dreams and realization of the future can be made. Utilizing traditional weaving methods to create dreamcatchers, I wanted to combine that method with embroidery and color.

Freger, Halley.
This mixed media drawing explores the connection between the body and understanding gender and sexuality through psychoanalytic theory. By combining an abject representation of a body with humorous text, it presents both the frustration and joy that comes with applying critical theory to physical existence.

Freger, Halley.
This glitched digital collage challenges and fractures iconic images of femininity.

Freger, Halley.
This oil painting explores the complexity and fear of a child growing up with a parent described as mentally ill.

Froikin, Caelum.
Manipulated monotype image. Laser engraved fill, outlined by black acrylic on paper.

Froikin, Caelum.
Manipulated scan. 5 color acrylic screen-print.

Froikin, Caelum.
Improvised drawing.

Froikin, Caelum.
Non-representational color field painting.

Froikin, Caelum.
Non-representational color field painting. Detail shot.

Kim, Min Ji.; Running, Lee Emma.
This paper sculpture explores repetition and joining of strips by working in flat-to-form method.

Oness, Jensen.
Figural drawings inspired by the non representational marbled ground. Lovers was part of a series of works devoted to merging representational drawing with complete abstraction. It began as a water marbled image covered later with ink illustrations, then photographed and manipulated digitally. Finally, it was reprinted on archival paper.

Oness, Jensen.
An experiment in 3D painting

Oness, Jensen
Experiment in 3d painting

Stewart, Zack.
Handmade artist's book (8 pages) with screen printed band. Compilation of one-second laser-engraved field recordings taken on the Grinnell College campus and in downtown Grinnell with additional text debossed into each page.

Stewart, Zack.
4-color (black, white, red-to-amber yellow gradient) screen print inspired by graphic design depicting the sun with text in English, Latin, and Japanese.

Stewart, Zack.
4-color (black, white, purple-to-blue gradient) screen print inspired by graphic design depicting the moon with text in English, Latin, and Japanese.

Stewart, Zack.
4-color (black, white, green-to-blue gradient) screen print inspired by graphic design depicting Earth with text in English, Latin, and Japanese.

Stewart, Zack.
3-color (black, white, metallic gold) screen print of Charles Mingus referencing neotraditionalist jazz and the deification of jazz greats.