Written and Media by Sean McFarland.
After enjoying the production of Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday evening at the Whitlock Music Center, several students and Greenville community members made their way over to the Maves Art Center for the Messiah “after party”, as it came to be referred to. This “after party” was in fact an art exhibit that featured a senior exhibition presented by Rebecca Frazier, the Art Department’s Annual Art Open House, and original music provided from DJs Pete Snacks and Komono.
To start off the exhibit at Maves Art Center, Rebecca Frazier presented her senior exhibition entitled “Aversion” in the Rowland Gallery. Throughout the gallery were Rebecca’s paintings which had been in the works since 2012. Rebecca started painting images, objects, and experiences that she recalls from her past memories. You may think that just any artist can recall past memories and record them paper, but Rebecca’s story is one of kind.
When Rebecca was 12, she underwent a major emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor located in her brain. After surgery, she spent the next several months going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which had many side effects. One of the side effects that was the intensification of smells. Rebecca now can not stand foods that she once loved due to sensitivity to their odors. She now paints these items because they are reminders to her of what she once loved. That is what makes Rebecca’s exhibition, Aversion, so special and one of a kind. Many viewers had the chance to talk to Rebecca during her art exhibition, where she had the chance to answer any questions about specific paintings as well as her personal story. The objective for this exhibition was for Rebecca to share with the viewer images of common objects but from her unique viewpoint.
After viewing Rebecca’s “Aversion Art Exhibit”, many people made their way down to the basement studios located in Maves Art Center, where the Annual Art Open House was held. Independent Studio students presented their semester’s work in their own individual studio space. The artists’ work included ceramics, paintings, digital design, video, sculpture, installation, and wood turning. Along with outstanding artwork in each of the studios, the Independent Studio artists were actually present as well to explain their process and answer any questions. Overall this night at the Maves Art Center was filled with excellent art and great energy. Everywhere you turned there was art created by talented Greenville College students that told stories, expressed styles, and simply looked great!