The Oklahoma Visible Arts Coalition has selected Stillwater’s Claire Dabney, a senior at Oklahoma Point out College, as a person of two college student fellowship award winners.
OVAC introduced the awards before this week. Norman’s Jason Cytacki and Tulsa’s Skip Hill were announced as Visual Arts Fellows, even though University of Oklahoma artist Dimani Barzbashi joined Dabney as a pupil fellow.
“The Fellowship and Student Fellowship Awards honor these artists’ achievements and present financial aid for visible artists here in Oklahoma,” suggests OVAC’s Government Director, Krystle Kaye. “We are so very pleased of these artists and we seem forward to the upcoming chapter in their occupations.”
Dabney, who is getting into her remaining semester at OSU, functions in images, oil paint and fiber arts.
“Dabney’s photography focuses on feminist iconography, though her paintings confront social difficulties and mental overall health,” the OVAC release reads.
Her get the job done has been highlighted at the Modella Gallery.
“In my most current get the job done, I attempt to build significant items that everyone can relate to in some way. In this selection of artwork, viewers will see topics ranging from COVID and repressed anger to body image and psychological wellbeing,” she instructed OVAC. “My paintings titled ‘Mommie Dearest’ and ‘Midsommar’s Psychosis’ hire movie figures to symbolize thoughts that are too convoluted to just describe—the point out of intellect of an uncontrollable addict, and the psychosis of a girl that has lost anything and is determined to feel loved—these psychological troubles are frequent, but rarely confronted. The other 8 pieces are additional of an inward look into my possess insecurities and wellbeing struggles, irrespective of whether they be mental or bodily. My pictures entirely looks into the complexities of bodily insecurities these types of as weight, age, and make-up. My remaining five paintings deal with the problems of getting locked up for the duration of COVID and supply a seem into emotional variety, the help of medication, and the idealization of contorted associations.
“My newfound signature in my painting function is my use of embroidery floss. I have discovered that it makes a amazing deepening influence in the do the job and tends to make the figures feel tactile ample to interact with. When going through my artwork, I hope that each person sees a portion of on their own that just looks far too terrifying to confront alone. That those people darkish corners of your head are brightened, with the understanding that you are not by itself in your situation.”