"Faceless" Art Display Puts a Face to Injustice, Self-Discovery | Arts & Culture
Briana Wallace will be debuting her senior art exhibit on Monday, March 25 at at the Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center on the Northland College campus. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.
According to a press release:
ASHLAND, Wis. — Self-discovery and justice are themes close to the heart of Briana Wallace. That much is evident in the Northland College senior’s art display “Faceless,” which is set to debut Monday, March 25. Wallace, who studies sociology and art, designed her senior art exhibition around questions that examine her past, family and societal struggles. Her work will culminate in “Art is an answer,” says Wallace. “It is an answer to many questions that I have encountered in my life. Questions of self: Who am I? What link do I have with my ancestors? Where do I come from and where am I going?”
“Faceless” shows Wallace’s journey of self-discovery through works that helped her gain insight on her family’s past.
“Through my series ‘Discovery’ within the exhibit, I was able to go through old family archives and createimages of my grandmother as a child compared to my own childhood,” says Wallace. “Through doing this, I was able to create a link to my life and the life of my grandmother.”
The show displays pieces developed throughout her student art career, including black and white photography, alternative processed photography and ceramics. Wallace says “Faceless” also seeks to uncover or shine a spotlight on larger issues in society, such as poverty and injustice.
“I want to give faces to these faceless statistics of poverty and injustice,” says Wallace.
“Faceless” will be on display at the Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center on the Northland College campus from March 25-29.
Northland College and its Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are located in Ashland, Wis., near the shores of Lake Superior. The College is broadly recognized as a leader in sustainability education having adopted the focus as its mission in 1971. Founded in 1892, Northland now enrolls 600 students from across the nation and across the world. For more information about Northland College and its Institute, visit our website at www.northland.edu.