VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADUATE EXHIBITION — SPRING 2020
Three Rivers Community College is proud to present the “Three Rivers Visual Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition,” featuring the work of 2020 graduating students. The artists graduated in May 2020 with a Visual Fine Arts, A.A. The degree provides a strong foundation in the visual arts and a broad background in general education. As a transfer-oriented course of study, it often leads to enrollment in an art school or other baccalaureate institution.
Ariana Bradley ’20
Art is a vision of life. It gives us the ability to channel our inner thoughts and be able to express them visually. What inspires me to do art is my experience throughout my childhood with PTSD and sadly the death of my great-grandmother who told me to keep going before she passed. I dealt with a lot of self-doubt eventually leading to depression. However, I found one joy in life I can cope with my emotions with and that is exactly art.
I mainly work with mediums such as oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, graphite, colored pencils, chalk pastel and all sorts of mixed media. I am an artist because I choose to express myself in a range of ways through visual arts; whether it is how I view a certain philosophy in life or how I am simply feeling. My goals as an artist now are to strengthen my drawing and painting skills and eventually braided my horizon with other types of visual arts such as graphic design. One of my most successful pieces is titled “Next to Me.” It is a mixed media piece with myself as a figure on tone paper, a background of ripped music sheets of the song “Next to Me” by Emeli Sande, creating a three-dimensional effect. I then added three-dimensional butterflies flying out of the piece representing change and a flow of time since butterflies represent change and time. I tend to challenge myself with my art and my experiences through life as a young adult and I always look up to my great-grandmother for guidance, hence why I always include butterflies in my pieces; they are always following me.