ST. CLAIRSVILLE Ohio University Eastern alumna Kaytlyn Snyder and current student Lacie Lee Wallace will be exhibiting their artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery Oct. 15 through Nov. 18. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 9 pm. The exhibit, "MIRRORS and MAZES," will showcase their talents in two and three dimensional works.
"Art is the only true form of communication that people can have with one another," said Wallace. "Words often get jumbled and emotions cannot be conveyed fast enough through speech for any two humans to be feeling the same feelings at the same time. Art bridges these gaps."
Wallace dabbles in many arts including painting, sculpture, collage, poetry and song writing. This particular show features full portraits of inspirational people. For example, "Isolation Without Representation" is a portrait that examines British artist Charlie Bronson and is a hands on protest of cruel and unusual punishment. This particular piece was recently published in Bronson's latest art book entitled, "Born Again Artist."
In addition, according to Wallace, there are several interactive pieces in this exhibit. "I like the idea that some of my artwork can only be fully enjoyed if you open them, unlock them or assemble them," said Wallace. "I have never been to an art show where you were allowed to touch anything. I thought that active participation would make the experience more interactive and break the voyeuristic nature of most art shows."
Wallace is an early childhood education major at Ohio University Eastern and plans to become an art teacher after graduation.
According to Snyder, her part of the exhibit is all over the place. "Initially, I wanted there to be some coherence, some grand scheme, but as time went on, it morphed into a grand love letter to the world of cinema, music and theater."
The Snyder exhibit features a work entitled "Mad as a Hatter," which is a portrait of her friend and co-exhibitor Wallace. Wallace returned the favor, so to speak, with a piece entitled "A Key Cog", which portrays Snyder. "We decided that it was important to show that our art was very different," said Snyder. "I consider my artwork to be more realistic, while Lacie's vision of art is more abstract. I believe that our styles are both complimentary and contradictory of one another."
Snyder recently completed her bachelor's degree and graduated with honors in history at Ohio University Eastern.
The artists met several years ago in a three dimensional art class and quickly became friends. This marks the second time that the two have shared an exhibit locally, with the first one taking place in 2009.
The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is open to the public and admission is free. The art gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall.
For gallery hours or more information, please contact the Ohio University Eastern Campus at 740-695-1720.