VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADUATES EXHIBITION — SPRING 2021
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.
Amanda Swan ’20
Painting has always been a way for me to bring my dreams and nightmares into the physical world. I revel in my ability to paint these lush and vivid scenes that seem to haunt me. Putting paint to canvas allows me to put some order to the chaos that often reigns in my thoughts.
Painting also allows me to explore the duality of life and death, which is a subject of many of my pieces, most notably my acrylic painting, Midnight. With this piece I sought to portray a stag at the moment of death and showcase the tension and realization of the experience as the last vestiges of lucidity slip away. My inspiration for this scene came from studies I had read about how the brain can remain active for several minutes after clinical death, and I wanted to explore the processes taking place within the mind during this phenomenon. I chose a deer as my subject for its perceived subjective air of innocence and to highlight the inevitability of fatality.
Through my art, I can conquer my worst fears and share my most vivid fantasies. I find the process of creating art incredibly therapeutic. Painting gives me a sense of peace and accomplishment that is vital to my life. It also allows me the opportunity to experiment with different styles, mediums, and ideas. From the ethereal to the surreal, within my art you can get a glimpse inside my mind. I hope you enjoy the view.