Shelby Westika MFA Exhibition, Echoes of the Soul
Echoes of the Soul explores the deeply rooted musical aspect of the artist’s life while also merging with the world of video games. Although music and modern video games influence this body of work, the force behind it is founded on learning how to read and play music. As an Indigenous person, music is an essential part of the artist’s culture. It is the way oral traditions and language are passed from generation to generation. Music is its own language, making it a universal element that connects everyone despite cultural and language barriers.
The creative process is essential. This body of work, although approached differently than more traditional artmaking, still holds the same significance in its development. Living and creating in the times of a pandemic changed process and materials. Taking the changes in stride, paper, paintbrushes, and pencils were traded for a mouse and keyboard. The result is a body of layered, digital paintings. The abstract works envelop viewers in a world of fast-moving colors, musical rhythm and tempo changes interpreted by swirling lines and shapes, and bright hues, all of which reflects an artificial world. Displayed as metal and photographic prints, the dimensions chosen are intentional. The large metal prints mimic the size of a computer monitor, while the smaller pieces mimic a phone screen.
Echoes of the Soul, at the Donna Beam Gallery is open to the public by appointment from March 22 to April 2. To make an appointment, please visit Eventbrite, and search Echoes of the Soul. Please note that for the safety of our community, all visitors are required to wear a face-covering and maintain social distancing between one another.
No charge for admission.
Free to the public.
Donna Beam Gallery, Department of Art, College of Fine Arts