Fine arts students showcase work

North Island College fine arts graduates will showcase their artwork at the Comox Valley Art Gallery for four days this month.

This past spring’s graduating class of the Emily Carr/North Island College BFA program are exhibiting work in CVAG’s ground level studio from Dec. 12 to 15 during regular gallery hours.

This exhibit will be the culmination of a semester’s work in a course called GEVA or general studio. In this course, students focused on their own area of interest.

Student Barb Mareck’s raw clay, representational and symbolic sculptures, will remind viewers of the transience and frailty of human existence on earth, and the frivolous nature of material gain, intellectual accomplishments and earthly pleasures when mortality is just around the corner. 

Sealed in a glass container, the wet, unfired pieces are left to mold and decay, not unlike the human body when deceased and returning to the earth.

Fellow art student Marilyn Peeters connects with nature in a collaborating way.  Using a two-step process, she assembles the sculpture with natural materials and in time, the natural forces reconstruct.

This collaboration process repeats itself after she designs the sculpture with different materials.

Lisa Williams works primarily in digital media, using traditional drawing and graphic arts technology. Her digital visual art features a gothic sensibility.

Some of the students will be in attendance throughout the show to converse about the work. — Anh Le

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