The graduating class of MFA in Visual Arts candidates collectively agreed upon the exhibition title it feels familiar, as it suggests a number of themes that are present throughout this catalog. For sure, many of the works examine memory, often as fractured and unreliable yet full of potential to create more hopeful futures. Below are four other intersecting themes (in bold) through which to explore their diverse artworks, details of which are on the following pages.
The works of Anna Goraczko and Michael Alexander Fernandez explore the borders between the material/spiritual worlds. Goraczko uses light as a medium through which the objects she has brought together—proxies for her grandmother—assume a metaphysical dimension. Fernandez’s altar-like tableau evokes the phenomenological, effectively blurring subjects and objects as discrete entities.
Issues of domesticity and belonging can be found in the works of Donelric Owens and Alex Del Canto. Owens’ photographs and prints depict the subcultural cosplayer community, specifically its darker-skinned members. Del Canto’s poignant video work is based on her immigrant family’s trove of super 8 film from the 1960s to the 1980s.