Fuzzy, brightly colored yarn dangling from the ceiling over a pile of comfortable fluffy pillows and blankets. People lying beneath the covers under a nostalgic, oversized-chair fort, staring up at the drawings of stars lit up by a black light. A large, dark structure framing a doorway. Through that doorway is a blue-hued underwater landscape, with sand on the floor and turtles getting trapped in plastic bags that look like jellyfish.
That and more can be found at Experiments in Installation, a new interactive exhibit in California Baptist University’s Rose Garden Chapel by the students of the New Genres class taught by Kristi Lippire, associate professor of visual art and faculty adviser for CBU’s Art Club.
The exhibit features pieces from artists Netra Chakravarthy, Christina Izaguirre, Sarah Chiu and Sarah Fisher, Skye Jimenez, Emma Limtiaco, Morgan Vandiver and Sara George.
The New Genres class experiments with new media and new ways of making artwork. The exhibit’s purpose is to give students the opportunity to create their own interactive installation, express their creativity and have it displayed for others to view.
Lippire said giving the students their own space and letting them take control of their projects was important, as it gives them more creative freedom.
“(It) gives them a chance to experiment,” Lippire said. “With clear-cut assignments, it’s all about the grade. But for something like this, success and failure can teach you something. If something didn’t work out, or people didn’t walk through it (they can think), ‘Oh, note to self; don’t do this in the future.’ But if you never have that experience, you never know.”
Skye Jimenez, junior fine art major and creator of the artwork, “The Deep Blue,” said the piece was a message about pollution and climate change.
“I was inspired by Greta Thunberg,” Jimenez said. “I wish I could be like her and leading movements but I feel like I should be doing my part here. I wanted to be able to create an experience in which the viewer is attempting to swim through the ocean full of trash and seeing animals trying to do the same while being affected by the trash.”
Sarah Chiu, senior visual art major, said that she and Fisher were trying to convey a sense of nostalgia and comfort with their piece, “Back to the Beginning.”
“We were inspired to make this piece when both Sarah and I came up with the almost (same idea),” Chiu said. “We were swamped with activities and assignments the week that we were supposed to turn in our project idea, and we both wanted to hide that week. We were trying to convey a sense of carefree comfort, where one could go back to being a child, except adult-sized.”
Alyssa Norholm, sophomore music education and psychology double major, said she enjoyed the creativity of the exhibit and the art was moving.
“I like how you can express yourself through drawing on the wall, and the part about the plastic and the trash with the sea animals is just heartbreaking. It really makes you feel (something) about it. … (My favorite was) the one with the yarn. It made me feel like there’s beauty in chaos,” Norholm said.
The exhibit opened Nov. 6. This creative, interactive exhibit where students can enjoy the creativity of their fellow classmates will be open until Nov. 21.