Virtual Senior Art Exhibition

- A year-end show on the work of Studio department senior majors. -

Kierra Nguyen

Major(s): Studio Art and Dance
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Drawing from my relationship to dance and interest in the architecture of space, I investigate the visual frame as a liminal space. Recollecting frames of paintings, prints, the proscenium stage, and the view from the camera lens, I explore the frame as an image, performance, reflection, and meeting place.

Kierra Nguyen

silver, windows, thread, mesh screen, glue, 2019

nulle, window screens, thread, 2019

in | to, windows, mirror film, 2019

Door/Frame, photographs, 2020

Clio Schwartz

Major: Studio Art
Hometown: Paris, France

Clio Schwartz is a visual artist who works primarily with alternative process photography and textile sculpture. The ephemeral—of light, of wind, of a turn of the stomach—is integral to their work. Through their practice, they attempt to linger in the liminal space between empirical understandings and to bring others along with them.

Study in Bleach, medium format film, bleach, 2020

Landscape study, digital collage, 2020

Little vessel, digital collage, 2000

Baby, blue, cyanotype, 2019

Steven Mentzer 

Major: Studio Art
Hometown: Oberlin, Ohio

Steven Mentzer, a contemporary artist and freelance designer, has interests that lie in the interaction between art as process and art viewership, exploring the relationship between the self and the physical/digital environments we inhabit. Currently working with the painted surface, digital software, semiautonomous machinery, and adoration for hands-on craftsmanship, Steven’s work is a cross-disciplinary and multimedia approach to the creative process.

20-016.A Wash Your Hands, Digital Photography, 2020

20.016.B Twenty Seconds, digital photography, 2020 

20.016.C Stay At Home, digital photography, 2020

I attempt to substantiate the nominal units of art. The individual gesture, the minimal acts, and influences on material and surface that often erase and obscure themselves as they are produced. These actions require repetition to draw focus or to create a whole to substantiate the worth of the collective whole rather than existing as standalone intentions of art. 

Steven Mentzer

20-015 Counting The Daze, Oil on Canvas, 2020

20-014, oil on canvas, 2020

20-013, oil on canvas, 2020

20-012.2, oil on canvas, 2020

20-011, acrylic and oil on paper, 2020

20-010, ink on paper, 2020

19-009.A-E We Dazzle, wood, rabbit skin glue, marble dust, acrylic paint, 2019

19.008.2, wood, acrylic paint, 2020

19-007.2 22’ A Self Portrait, wood, 2019

19-006 Dazzle, styrofoam, paper maché, paper, acrylic paint, 2019

Rachel Clark

Major(s): Computer Science and Visual Art
Residence: San Diego, California

Parker Shatkin

Major(s): Studio Art & Russian and East European Studies
Residence: New York, New York

Ritual 1, color photography, 2020

Ritual 1, color photography, 2020

Ritual 2, color photography, 2020

Ritual 2, color photography, 2020

Ritual 3, color photography, 2020

Ritual 3, color photography, 2020

Flock 1, paper mache and color photography, 2020

Flock 2, paper mache and color photography, 2020

Flock 3, paper mache and color photography, 2020

Flock 4, paper mache and color photography, 2020

Flock 5, paper mache and color photography, 2020

as one eats chickens, color photography and digital vector drawing, 2020

Molly Sheffield 

Major(s): Studio Art and Psychology
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Molly Sheffield is a visual artist who explores themes of nostalgia through printmaking, book arts, and fiber arts. Her work is informed by research on the psychological barriers involved in making and retrieving memory. Through the inclusion of recreations of family heirlooms along with found objects, her practice aims to bring to life the blueprint of one’s memory formed through an imagined domestic space.

Grandmother’s Butterfly, muslin, denim, plaster, 2020

Finger Prick, screen print on vinyl, 2019

The Delicate Dream, cotton, pressed flowers, 2020

Look and Find to See Behind, wood, acrylic, pressed flowers, found objects, 2020 

A table with pressed flowers and etched glass. Side view.A table with pressed flowers and etched glass. Top view.

A Thin Papery Page and the Fallaway Flower,
screen print on muslin, vinyl, string, copper, 2019

Pressed into Pulp,
wood, acrylic, pressed flowers, 2020

Mother in Another,
linocut on muslin, copper, 2020

Mimi Silverstein

Major(s): Studio Art and English
Hometown: Scarsdale, New York

My art is the meeting place of my love for the Earth, magic, and storytelling. I listen to the seasons change and draw wild women and creatures shifting, healing, and dancing in communion with the natural world. My paintings, drawings, and prints live in an imagined world that is both wild and desperately empathetic. This imagined space draws from the richness I find in ancient mythologies, folklore, and ritual, but it also comes from the need to build a new way of life based on love and connection between all beings and nature. It is a place of quiet strength, of healing, of joy, and of life, and I hope it makes this world, the one we’re living in now, feel a bit more full of those things too. 

Mimi Silverstein

Mother (leaf-eater), acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2019

Run and Grow, oil and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

Amazon and Huckleberries, oil and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

After Hibernation, acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

Sleepers (end of Autumn), acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2019

Winter/Migration/Renewal, acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

Croucher, acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

She-wolf, acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2019

Perch, Bark, and Bowl, found wood and ceramic, 2019

Wild Peony and Grass, oil and chalk pastel on canvas, 2020

Seer, acrylic, gesso, and chalk pastel on canvas, 2019 

Léo Anderson

Major(s): Politics and Visual Art
Hometown: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

My work is about seeking depth and understanding in sensation, premonition, dreams, and spiritual experience: I seek to create meaning out of chaos and dissonance. I explore the relationship between the real and surreal, mundane and divine through tracing the flow of energy in the materials I work with across my painting and sculpting.

Léo Anderson

Revelation: Giants Came Before Us, acrylic and solvent-based paint on transparency, spring 2020 

The Offering, oil on wooden board, fall 2019 

ROOTS: In the Act of Weaving (Work in Progress), Tapestry in Oil, on cloth-backed canvas, spring 2020 - Ongoing 

Tsukumogami // Spirit Vessel, glass beads, styrofoam, felt, clay and ceramic paint, fall 2019

The top of a felt and beaded chime.The side of a felt and beaded chime.

Julia Denlinger

Major(s): Visual Art and Physics Concentration
Minor: Religion 

Over my four years in Oberlin, I have fallen in love with the Ohio landscape, and I consider much of the work that I have done here experimental landscape paintings. I love to play with food and physical elements of the landscape in my paintings.

Julia Denlinger

I had an argument with the Dirt Today, egg tempera on garden post, 2019

Honeybee, honey and pigment on dinner plate, 2019

Honeybee, honey and pigment on dinner plate, 2019

Explorations in Beef Tempura, beef and pigment on found wood, 2019

Untitled, beef, egg, and pigment on wood, 2019

Untitled, beef, egg, and pigment on wood, 2019

Is this Bread?, flour, yeast, salt, oil, pigment, bread recipe, 2019

Assembly of the Land with the Land Multimedia composition, 2019

Chicken Window, oil, plastic, board, 2020

Holes, oil on canvas, 2020

Butter, butter on board, 2020

Yogurt, butter on board, 2020

Touch, egg tempera on panel, 2020

I Can Hear the Land Breathe, oil on canvas, 2020

Voices of the Void, audio collage of recordings of people alone, 2020 

Halftime Show Assembly

meat pigment

Jacob Butcher

Major: Studio Art
Hometown: Pleasantville, New York

I make comics and other things. In every project, the process always revolves around a self-conscious cycle of consuming and regurgitating images. I watch movies, I listen to music, and I spit out the skeletons of these things and try to rearrange those bones into a new creature.

Jacob Butcher

Night Movies (cover), comic, 2020

Night Movies (interior), comic 2020

Night Movies (excerpt, page 1), comic, 2020 

Night Movies (excerpt, page 10), comic, 2020

Night Movies (excerpt, page 11), comic, 2020

I'm interested in dreams, flowers, the occult, the aesthetics of VHS tapes, horror, and science-fiction movies; I appreciate art that gives an imagined thing like a gift to the viewer and I make comics in order to do that.

Jacob Butcher

Amdusias, pen, ink, 2020      

Comfort and the Dead, gouache, ink, 2020             

Abrasax, gouache, 2020

Deadboy, gouache, pastel, 2020

Eaten by Snakes, gouache, pen, 2020

Flowers (1), gouache, dried flowers, 2020

Flowers (2), gouache, highlighter, paint pen, 2020

Garden, highlighter, pen, 2020

Goathead, gouache, pen, ink, 2020

Medieval Weapon Junk, gouache, 2020

Shadow Wood, highlighter, pen, 2020

Skinless Man, gouache, collage, 2020

Eliza Amber 

Major(s): Visual Arts and Geology
Hometown: Chelsea, Vermont

I am an artist of found objects and reconstruction. My pieced hinge on time and the way that things fall apart and reform. I like to focus on this deformed reconstruction from our own refuse; playing with what it will look like when the earth reclaims and restructures the things we leave behind. These pieces have been my reflections not only on the functions of the earth but also on the passage of time. 

Eliza Amber

Thoughts about Time

Born from the Swamp
Outdoor installation, chairs, 1 ball of yarn, fishing line, mesh, and mirror, 2020

A Vessel for Time, clay, 2020

All Dried Up, dried mango skin, 2020 

Catching a Web of Gold
Metal framing and mesh, 2020

Cradled in Salt, wood and salt, 2020

Emergence, watercolor, pen, and mesh on paper, 2020

String, salt, water, and stones, 2020

Night Light, digital photography, 2020

The Res in a Different Light, digitally altered pen and ink drawing, 2020

Brian Tom

Major(s): Visual Art and Psychology, Hispanic Studies minor
Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts

Portfolio: The Rest in Pieces

Why So Blue?
Polymer clay, aluminium, plaster, acrylic paint, found objects, 2020

All You Have Is Your Name, polymer clay, aluminium, plaster, acrylic paint, human hair, found objects, 2020

And Many More, found objects, wax candle, 2019

Bless You, tissue, glue, 2019

Splatter Monkey, polymer clay, aluminium, acrylic paint, yak hair, 2019

These Are For You, polymer clay, aluminium, plaster, acrylic paint, found objects, 2020

Benjamin Stevens

Major(s): Art History and Visual Art
Hometown: Oberlin, Ohio

In the process of moving between places, I find that the architecture and organization of spaces forms a diorama of emotional memory and lived experience. I seek to conjure my own locations and to create spaces of genuine self expression, self examination, and active engagement with the emotional and social ramifications of aesthetic choice. My work takes the form of printmaking, woodworking, carpentry, works on paper, painting, installation, and music.

Benjamin Stevens

Desert Phone Booth, wood and wood screws, 60” x 70” x 40” (Approx). Special thanks to Richard Wood, 2019

Instrument Case, graphite, ink, marker, 9” x 12”, 2020

Hell is Chrome, ink on paper, 9”x 12”, 2020 

A Small Patch of My Grass Rug, graphite, marker, 9” x 12”, 2020

Bulbous Hole, graphite, ink, marker, 9” x 12”, 2020

Senior Studio Halftime Exhibition, mixed media, 2020

Circa Box 2 (Visible Storage), mixed media, 10” x 10” x 2”, 7” x 7” (approximate), 2020

I am interested in the abstraction of noteworthy yet everyday objects. These noteworthy objects should transform the places in which they reside. When walking into the Skylark Bar in Chicago it is the screen print of two grandmothers on a canvas above the photo booth, the velvet curtains, or the masonic seals on silk flags. It can be the album or book on your parent’s shelf whose image captivates one’s young, inexperienced eyes for hours. You imagine the music within, the information it can hold. Perhaps for a moment their form may be vague but nevertheless they form a landmark of the spaces of memory.

Benjamin Stevens

Eichler Roof, graphite, ink, marker, 9” x 12”, 2020

Gradient Box Overgrown, graphite, marker, 9” x 12”, 2020

Ahh (Descending Pitch), screen print w/ relief linocut on paper, 9” x 18”, 2020

Circa Box 1 (Visible Storage), mixed media, 10” x 10” x 2”, 2020

A Tree in the Middle of the Woods, graphite, colored pencil, ink on paper, 11” x 17”, 2020

Hell is Chrome, ink on paper, 9”x 12”, 2020

Amy Baylis

Major: Studio Art
Hometown: Carmel, California

Amy is a multidisciplinary artist who’s sculptures and gestures hinge on the accumulation of time, materials and emotional murmurs. Amy works to create habitats for the ineffable, foregrounding physical sensation where emotional sensitivity cannot be quelled. Her work is heavily influenced by the landscape of Northern California, where she grew up, along with her symbiotic studies in movement and dance.

misshapen song (there’s a bird in my gut), resin, wax, wire, matte medium, rabbit skin glue, 2020

home: a series of containments, plexiglass, found glass, seaweed, 2020

home: crystalline, plexiglass, coral, 2020

home: chartreuse, plexiglass, glass, 2020

palm knots (set of 7), red clay, beeswax, 2020

set of stackable spiderwebs, plexiglass, thread, 2020





salt form

salt form

in other words (ode to Margaret Kilgallen), ink, french paper, markers, 2020

terrain for a sound, 2019
sculpture: plexiglass, resin, rabbit sin glue, french paper, acetate, projector

terrain for a sound, grapefruits, wind chimes, thread, chandelier, resin, 2020

selections from inchoate medicine, wooden box, multimedia drawings and found objects, 2020

inchoate medicine

tact tease pray

next to you, I am a sweater

peeling (thread and self)



stills from film: learn to listen with your legs, legs, 2020

Ally Knopf

Major: Visual Art, Concentration in Theater and Drama
Residence: Buffalo, New York

Ask Yourself This Cards
Acrylic on 70 gloss-finish playing cards, 2020

Bathroom Floor, 4 AM, watercolor on paper, 2020

Dinner for Two, tissue box, tissues, recycled cardboard and plastic, beads, thread, 99¢ clay, acrylic paint, 2019

A close-up look at the window that shows a dinner table set for a meal.A box with an oval window and roses on top.

Dinner Invite Flyer, color printer on 8.5 x 11” printer paper, 2019

One Single Slice of Bread, watercolor on paper, 2020

Shoebox Apartment, shoebox, recycled cardboard and plastic, sugar packet, pocket mirror, toy dog figurine, acrylic paint, 2019

A box without the lid that shows a miniature apartment.A box with a lid.

Shoebox Apartment Tearaway Flyer, color printer on 8.5 x 11” printer paper, 2019

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