edited.100Proof_RachelFrebertMetanoia_RebeccaKanaskieedited.100Proof_CaseyWolharFragile_RebeccaKanaskieBy Carlee Berkenkemper

Elm Staff Writer

From March 28 to April 7, the Kohl Gallery in Gibson Center for the Arts displayed the work of Washington College’s own student artists as part of its annual exhibition, “100 Proof.”

“100 Proof” showcased 21 works of varying mediums and themes, all created by students from different majors. The exhibit featured pieces of vinyl cutting, paintings, collages, and even examples of auditory art.

Junior Casey Wolhar’s “The Complications of Emotions” consisted of a pair of headphones audience members could wear to hear a looped audio track.

In her description of the piece, Wolhar wrote that it was “created by taking words about happiness and sadness and overlapping them with my own personal phrases that have complicated meanings of both happy and sad. At one point the words become inseparable, much like the complicated nature of emotions.”

Wolhar also questioned how labels affect the people who take them on, with her performance piece that initiated the opening reception of the exhibit on the evening of Thursday, March 28. Using red ink, Wolhar stamped her skin over and over with the word “Fragile,” challenging people to evaluate how they view themselves and those around them.

All of the pieces were chosen for display by professional photographer and recent visiting artist at WC, Mehveş Lelic. Lelic’s work has been displayed in galleries worldwide, and she has won numerous awards including the National Geographic Young Explorers Fellowship, the Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship in the Arts, and the City of Chicago Individual Artists’ Program Grant.

According to Lelic’s website, her art “ponders modernity and heritage, belonging, making a home, and the resulting relationship with the environment.”

Coinciding with the theme of human relationships and interaction with the environment, art and communication and media studies major, senior Rachel Frebert, exhibited pieces including “Metonia,” a composition of cereal box fragments arranged on cardboard in a colorful spiral.

“It deals with recycled materials and working to find different ways to prioritize conservation, such as using unconventional materials that aren’t necessarily thought of as art materials and putting them together in abstract processes,” Frebert said.

Her second piece on display, “Latex Paint Pour,” also relied on nature to create an incredible abstract of swirled coral, navy blue, and brown colors.

“It deals with artist intervention, allowing the work to create itself through the use of gravity,” she said.

The gallery opening on March 28, and the viewing hours in the following weeks have allowed interested students to come view the diverse range of pieces.

Junior Maia Duval was in attendance for the artist’s gallery talk on the opening night.

“I went to support my friends, but I ended up getting to see a lot of fantastic work created by my peers,” she said. “Not only did I see their work, I also got the opportunity to hear the meaning behind the art which enhanced my experience even more.”

Lelic noted how she was impressed by all of the student submissions, making her job as juror difficult.

“I’ve had a fantastic time here, getting to meet some seniors whose work I really love. When I was looking at the work I couldn’t help but notice this incredible feeling of putting together what was fractured. I think a lot of work here is true to that theme,” she said.

A full list of student exhibiting artists include seniors Rachel Frebert, Picabo French, Dylan Grimes, Patrick Jackson, Shannon Neal, Jessie Nguyen, Madi Shenk, Aaron Wallace-Holland, and Anna Watts, juniors Drake Harrison, Alexis Desai, and Casey Wolhar, sophomore Tatiana Baughman, and freshman Elizabeth Tilley.

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