Art is a way for people to express themselves and their emotions. The high schoolers at UAS did a very good job of expressing themselves through their art this year, especially through the sculptures. Many artworks at the exhibit looked gorgeous, each trying to share something different with their audience. However, there were certain artworks that caught my eye more than others. The photography looked great, but I felt more drawn to the sculptures.
One of the sculptures that caught my eye the moment I walked by it was a ballerina made from wire – sculpted by Lisa Köhler. The ballerina is made from copper wire that looped around in circles – small and large – to form the shape of a ballerina. What is most amazing is that you can see the slim waist, the tutu, and the pointe shoes that are normally associated with ballerinas. She looks like she has just fallen and is reaching out for help.
The main reasons this piece caught my eye is because I can relate to it. Having done ballet for nine years and counting, I have worn tutus and have had my fair share of falls during rehearsals for shows. This piece also caught my eye because it looks mysterious – it seems like something is missing. When watching a ballet show, ballerinas always have smiles on their faces and seem like they are floating. Their leotards and tights are always pure white and glowing. However, this ballerina is wearing copper – a color that looks “dirty.” She has fallen on the floor – the complete opposite of what you expect a ballerina to do. You can also see the wire messed up in some places, kind of getting out of control. This could mean that the ballerina has been dancing professionally for a long time and is now getting old and tired, meaning she can not be as graceful as she used to be. It could also mean that she has lost the joy in dancing and doing ballet. After all, ballet does get painful sometimes with painful pointe shoes ruining our toes and muscle injuries every once in awhile.
Though the ballerina is not connected to any other piece in the art exhibit, I think it may relate to the sculpture behind it. Behind the ballerina is a book cover with a sculpted dress inside, made by Aya Naga. There are mirror shards on the right side of the book cover and there are color splashes on the left side of the book cover. The mirror shards and color splashes go onto the dress. I could see the two items being related because the dress kind of looks like something a ballerina might wear in a show. The mirror shards might represent the pain you feel when dancing ballet – because of the pointe shoes. The color splashes might represent the joy ballerinas feel when dancing.
These are two of the many art pieces in the exhibit that caught my eye. All of the artworks in the reception area look amazing and are expressive – each unique in their own way. I definitely recommend going to the art exhibit and looking around. You may find you can relate to many of the art pieces there.
By: Ruxandra Puscasu