Spring 2021 Thesis Exhibition
May 5- July 16, 2021
The Department of Art and Design presents the Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring projects by the following students: Paul Wolfe, Jiaquin Guo, Aaron Wilson, Jordan Sides, Khalia Kennedy, JaBry Green, Madi Holmes, Hunter Gerard, Breanna McCray, Jacob Boyce, Dior Brown, John-Steven Carbone, Jeffrey Carlson, McKenzie Dailey, Kathryn Genetti, Hannah Hogan, Ashlen Jackson, Lamarquez Johnson.
Quarantine Walks | Micah Mermilliod
February 8 - July 7, 2021
"Since before mandatory curfews and stay at home orders were in place, I have always enjoyed going on long walks throughout my neighborhood. I would use these walks not just as a form of exercise, but also as a time of reflection. Now, in the time of COVID-19 and quarantines, my daily walks have become a sort of escape to help fill many of the voids which come with living in isolation. While on these walks I have noticed changes in my surrounding community, both positive and negative, which are directly related to the impact coronavirus has had on society. In these images I use art to document these changes." - Micah Mermilliod
Born in 1990 in Biloxi, Mississippi and currently residing in Mobile, Alabama, Micah Mermilliod creates work which often incorporates elements of collage, both in the mediums used and the ideas at play. He is most interested in adaptive changes that humans make, especially in an environment that is rapidly changing due to catalysts such as technology, socio-economic status, and environmental change. Micah received his BFA in photography from the University of South Alabama in 2015 and is currently working towards his MFA in photography and printmaking.
Learn more at www.micahmermilliod.com
Paul Wolfe | Life and Experience
On display January 25 - May 10, 2021
Troy University Student - BFA Photography
The nature of my work stems from a passion for innovative art. Innovation can be channeled through using modern techniques to imitate old masters while also rejecting the subconscious. Food has always been a large part my life; my mother and grandmother have always been the ones that have cooked for family gatherings. Through their actions I see food as a tool to unite people. Preparing food was a knowledge that my grandmother passed down to my mother, and art was a gift they both shared and passed to me.
My love and struggle with food are repeating themes in my work. My smashed food series was inspired both by my love for food and my interest in Scanography. I was experimenting with new ways to create work and created my smashed food works, using a scanner as both my canvas and camera.
The meaning of my work took time for even me to understand. My grandmother passed away in April of 2019. After her passing, I found myself crushed and confused and I feel that this brought my work to life. Subconsciously, smashing the food represented the loss of my grandmother. Smashing the various foods changed them visually, like her passing changed me. The visually distorted foods is a symbol of my life and childhood, forever changed.