Kwantlen Polytechnic art exhibit explores Collective Unconscious

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from The Runner magazine:

“Throughout the past few weeks, fourth-year art students have been exhibiting some of their work in the Arbutus gallery on the Surrey campus. The exhibit, Collective Unconscious, includes a number of powerful artworks ranging from oil paintings to sculptures, and offers a hint of what’s to come at the year-end grad show this April.

Towards the front of the gallery, black cloth is positioned to portray women—facing away from the viewer—wearing a “robe-like dress” called an abaya. For the artist, Durrah Alsaif, bringing attention to Saudi Arabia and cultural differences is a very important part of her art. Women in Saudi Arabia are required to cover up entirely with the abaya, and have male guardians who dictate what they can do, from studying to travelling and even undergoing medical procedures.

For another artist, Keith Harris, finding his identity and converting hybridity and mixed ethnicity through symbolic objects was the key to his work. Each of his pieces is a symbol for the hip-hop subculture which Harris has found is a vital part of his identity.

Artist Amy Duval works with slipcast ceramics. Unlike most other mediums, slipcast ceramics are done by taking found objects—in Duval’s case, car parts such as axles—and making successive plaster molds with clay to recreate the object. When Amy started as a painter at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she decided to add her copies to a painted background to create a personal narrative.

The artists named the exhibit Collective Unconscious because, even though they are a collective of artists working together in a shared space, each of their final works are wildly different.”

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