'Stained,' BFA Thesis Exhibition by Steph Cochran
April 17—April 20, 2018 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Herter Art Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
BFA thesis exhibitions feature the thesis work of bachelor of fine arts candidates in their chosen discipline, including animation, ceramics, intermedia, painting, printmaking and sculpture. This series of solo shows and screenings provides a unique opportunity to see a variety of contemporary art practices and experience the lively and diverse creative research of the undergraduate art program.
"Stained" focuses on women’s lived experiences with makeup and the beauty industry paired with small fabric on canvas (my version of “makeup wipes”) in the style of notable male abstract expressionist artists. Using makeup, such as foundation, mascara, lipstick, etc., as the medium bridges the gap between women utilizing makeup products as a tool to feel attractive and live up to the expectations of society and the importance placed on male abstract expressionist artists. Each piece was created imitating male abstract expressionist artists to highlight and critique the lack of representation and notoriety of women abstract expressionist artists as all the “great” abstract expressionist painters were men.
Drinks and refreshments will be served.
Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.