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List of Abstracts in the Category of Visual Arts (Total 6)

Abstract ID: 24
Abstract Title: Breaking Down "The Great Chase"
Student: Nicholas Bell (nrbell@email.sc.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Nicholas Bell
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
Animation is a multi-step process of images generated by the computer to create the illusion of movement. The industry was changed forever by the Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story (1995). Pixar broke ground by creating the first full length CGI movie. As much as I appreciate traditional animation, I’ll always gravitate towards computer-generated films. “The Great Chase” is a complex and rewarding project involving dozens of hours in development. The first step in producing an animation is to design concept sketches, characters and environments. I then take my designs and recreate them using the rendering software called Blender. Once the character models are completed they are rigged with a bone system called an armature. This allows the animator to manipulate the character as much as they want. A snowy forest environment makes perfect sense for an arctic fox and wolves to roam about. A series of planes and spheres shape the objects to represent what I make them to be. Complex mechanics, hours of hard work and a strict palm are what is to be expected. The final step for my project is to run my saved renders through Adobe Premiere, add sound, and export the final file as media.

Abstract ID: 65
Abstract Title: Choice. Fate. An Idea
Student: Jeremiah Buoy (jbuoy@email.sc.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Jeremiah Buoy
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
I often think about fate. Simultaneously, I often also think about choice. I think desperately of how while our lives are built by our decisions, everything in the universe has worked its whole existence to reach this specific point, at these specific moments. If everything is a choice, then all choices affect all others. Everything affects everything. The stars in the sky are in the positions they're in at only this time and at no time will they ever be the same. My art is inspired by the major arcana, the series of entities that proceed in the tarot cards of tradition. I produced these works with the use of ink wash, a calligraphy pen, and the occasional touch of gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Designing these images was far easier to me then actually getting them done, as that took time with the addition of class artwork I needed to produce. I created this collection on the insistence of my mentor, once she'd seen a pair of drawings I'd done that summer. My deck, which is parody, features meanings and characterizations that I produced. It is inspired by some sense of devotion to my idea of how the universe, fate, and human beings work. The tarot cards are often considered to reveal your fate, and in truth this isn't so ridiculous. These cards are the cards that were pulled because that deck had been made and shaped by the choices and pulls of everyone before. Fate is all about choices. 

Abstract ID: 26
Abstract Title: Down the Rabbit Hole
Student: Natalie Howden (nhowden@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Natalie Howden
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
Ceramics is one of the oldest forms of functional art with evidence of figurines and pottery dating as far back at 24,000 B.C. in the known timeline of history. Today ceramic forms are used in everything from electronics and superconductors to everyday dinnerware and artistic sculptures. I wish to share the process of how the most basic form of clay can be transformed into a representational work of art. I will show the process in the various stages of development and problem-solving to create a ceramic sculpture. The sculptural work I have created is a free-standing representative form based on the White Rabbit from the classic children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I will show each stage of design from modeling the clay, to finishing greenware and bisque to the final glaze firings. The information shared will show the depth of knowledge and skills needed to create artistic pieces for the world to appreciate in a three dimensional form.

Abstract ID: 42
Abstract Title: The Things We've Been Told
Student: Micalah Locke (mrlocke@email.sc.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Micalah Locke
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
The art of printmaking was established in China around 105 AD. Since then the art form has flourished and has spread all over the world. There are many different techniques of printmaking; monotypes, linocuts, etchings, colligraphs, lithography, silkscreen, etc. Printmaking is also a go-to medium for political art or making some kind of statement because of how easy it is to reproduce. In my art, I always want to make a statement. I want my work to be something larger than myself. For my senior exhibition, I decided to create a series called The Things We Have Been Told. This series is a collection of prints based I stories I collected from women in my life, including some of my own about the degrading things we have experienced whether it was verbal or physical. For this series, I chose three different printmaking techniques; linocut, silkscreen and solar plate. With two of these techniques; silkscreen and solar plate, I can use photographs in my prints because these techniques give me the ability to do so. By adding the photographic element in prints its creates a larger impact and also shows the combining of two separate focuses.

Abstract ID: 38
Abstract Title: Playing with Fire
Student: Abigail Long (aclong@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Abigail Long
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
My work in ceramics this semester is dealing with making ceramic works using molds. The first part of my work is creating picture frames. The legs are from a press mold that I made of plaster. The style of the frames is based on the architecture from the French Rococo period as my minor is in French. The second part of my work is using found objects as press molds. I used license plates to create textures in slabs of clay which I then turned into trays, plates, cups, and crocs. The third and final part of my work is making clay molds. I took spoons and pressed them into blocks of clay which were then fired to roughly 1830 degrees F. I then pressed clay into the molds to make ceramic spoons. All of my final works are first bisque to about 1830 degrees F and then glazed to vitrification at cone 6 which is 2232 degrees F. I glazed my pieces in lead free Amaco potters choice glazes. Each piece is unique in the textures, colors, and patterns in the clay and glazes.

Abstract ID: 44
Abstract Title: The Nature of Photography
Student: Bradley Stanley (bstanley@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor: Joanna Angell (angelle@uscb.edu)
Author List: Bradley Stanley
Program: Fine Arts
Abstract Category: Visual Arts

Abstract:
We take the world around us for granted. We’ve grown accustomed to things we see daily, we walk the same sidewalks, we see the same trees, plants, animals, and the list goes on. We never really stop to think about just how much around us there is to see, or the things we may just miss. That is what I try to capture. I use nature as my canvas, and prefer the moments I capture to be, precisely that, in the moment. I want people to see the little things in life that we might pass by daily, if it’s small I want to make it big. Our world is a beautiful place, full of beautiful little moments, and I turn these little moments into a visual experience that make the viewer wonder how that was done, or be amazed at the parts of life we miss. Mother Nature is my model, I just get her close ups.