Walking Through an Artist’s Struggle

Sara Crapes’ artwork in the gallery presents her own personal struggles of womanhood, while artist Candise Lintz speaks on her fears as a mother of a child with autism. Eric Tenoro is seen in his own art and portrays what it is like to be a homosexual man of color in society today. Maria Villanuevas’ pieces bring other undocumented persons into the frame to share their dreams, fears, and struggles that come with being an immigrant in their home country.

 

Woven And Sewn

Crapes’ gallery gives the audience a personal view into her life from the size and framing of her photos, to her poetic statement about her own struggles of being a woman. Her poem starts with “The second death was a Tuesday,” implying that this was not the first time that depression had taken its toll on her. She then explains how she came to a point of reflection in her life and crawled out of a depressed state by holding herself accountable, and becoming the centerpiece of her own project. Analyzing Crapes art, it seems she wants to show that there can still be light at the end of the darkest tunnel.

 

Oliver

Lintz conveys the harsh trials that come with being the mother of an autistic child. She contrasts her comfort found at home by projecting photos of Oliver around the house where he can be seen as safe. Each image pops with bright light and vibrant colors, yet contrast with darkness in specific places. The artwork paints a story of a little boy and his mother who, although can have a safe space, always fears the dangers of the outside world for her son.

 

Dimensions and ReExamination

Eric Tenoro displays his experience as homosexual man of color by applying very saturated colors contrast with dark shadows to a stunning image reminiscent to the famous Netflix show Stranger Things and their use of colors. His photo framing conveys how he feels trapped with the prejudice that comes with being a homosexual man of color. His pictures are bold and have a strong, clear message of Eric and his personal experiences in such a palpable way.

 

(Un)Documented

Maria Villanueva brings together eight other undocumented citizens that came from Mexico at a young age. They each share their fears of being taken back to a country they no longer remember or call home. A quote from Alan, one the subjects, says “Could you imagine being told at age 14 that your dreams have restrictions?” The idea of this question would be heartbreaking as a child, but they used this adversity to fuel their hunger for success and to live the American dream that all dreamers want.

 

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