Several Wesleyan staff members are displaying their artwork in the Ring Family Lobby gallery this month at Usdan University Center. The show represents a small slice of creative works by Wesleyan employees.
Ali McFadzen, department assistant for the Financial Aid Office, is displaying a photograph of South College and Memorial Chapel at sunrise titled “Campus.”
Deborah Griffin-Sierpinski, administrative assistant for the Medieval Studies Program, Classical Studies Department and Archaeology Program, is presenting a black and white heritage scrapbook photo quilt. She also teaches a quilting class through Middletown Adult Education. “The photo quilt expresses a way to transform digital photos into a breathtaking memory quilt displaying family genealogy,” she said.
Tracey Stanley, administrative assistant in the Registrar’s Office, created a counted cross-stitch. “I love to cross-stitch and was really inspired by the modern theme and the soothing colors of this piece,” she said. “It’s my favorite out of all of my cross-stitch projects.”
Laura Borhman, administrative assistant for the Center for the Americas, Latin American Studies Program and American Studies Department is displaying her mixed media titled “Patterns: a Tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness and Survivors.”
Roslyn Carrier-Brault, administrative assistant in the Chemistry Department, created a digital photograph called “Out on the Limb: Courage.” Carrier-Brault’s submission is part of a larger body of work titled “Count your Blessings: A Vision of Hope.” This portfolio of 18 images was completed in May of 2011, as she processed her survivorship from Uterine Cancer Stage I. “Each image tells a story through blended images that are more painterly than photographic,” she said. “My digital process embraces the mindset of ‘expressive art therapy,’ which enables what dwells within my subconscious mind to move forward to be explored by a conscious guided creative force. All that is important becomes known, and it is the process of listening to the quiet inner voice that empowers this body of work to speak to a larger audience.”
Shawn Hill, desktop support specialist and art workshops technology administrator, made a series of laser-cut drawings. Hill, who works for ITS and supports the Arts and Humanities, used the university’s computer controlled laser cutter to render his drawings into Claybord – a kaolin clay surface mounted on masonite.