The Keene State College campus looks a little different now that a group of students decorated it with their works of art.
Two sculpture class’ worth of work is now displayed outside of the art studio.
Miles Warner, the professor for sculpture one, said, “The project is inspired by the idea of abstraction.”
The nearly 30 pieces of abstract art all vary in shape and size, and while some look like mountains and ice to the people passing by, others are harder to identify.
“The material that they’re looking at for the first project is really just the natural world,” said Warner.
“Whether that’s really macro like a mountain range or really micro like the things that make up a plant cell, it’s really varied.”
Warner said that the act of being able to make a piece of art is not all they learn in the class.
He said it is just as important for students to be able to talk about their pieces if they want to grow and do more with art.
Warner posted pictures of all the pieces to a blog and asked students to comment on each other’s work.
KSC junior Emily Mathieu, a student in the course, decided to bring influences from her home into her project.
“I live in the White Mountains up in North Conway, New Hampshire….Originally, I was thinking more representationally something to do with the Presidential Range, and then I wanted to go a little more abstract and just [thought] of mountains in general, but [kept] in mind the variety and height of mountains.”
Mathieu’s piece is a group of 10 mountains of varying size. She said that she used a few two by three planks of wood, some scrap wood and some gray and white paint to make her piece come to life.
Brian Hickey, a student in the class, commented on the blog about Mathieu and another student’s piece.
“The idea of layering multiple pieces to create a large landscape design was really nice. Both pieces displayed a great sense of depth and, for that, they seemed very strong.”
Other students around campus have been noticing these sculptures, too.
KSC sophomore Casey Lynn Sowle said, “They’ll just catch my eye. I notice different ones each day.”
If you miss seeing the sculptures this time around though, the class’ blog said there will be another set of sculptures coming out in late March.
The blog can be found at kscsculptureone.wordpress.com.
Alyssa Salerno can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org