Current Exhibition

Heather Joy Puskarich Jessica Simorte Painting Detail
Shaun Griffiths Installation detail Lauren Clay sculpture

Oogly Boogly
Lauren Clay, Shaun Griffiths, Heather Joy Puskarich, Jessica Simorte
October 26 - November 25, 2015
Reception: Thursday, October 29 6-7pm
Artists’ Lectures:
Shaun Griffiths & Heather Joy Puskarich, Thursday, October 29, 5-6pm
Lauren Clay & Jessica Simorte, Thursday, November 12, 5-6pm

Oogly Boogly is an exhibition of works by Lauren Clay, Shaun Griffiths, Heather Joy Puskarich, and Jessica Simorte.

The artists all recently joined the faculty of the Department of Art at SHSU. The exhibition is an opportunity for students, other faculty, and members of the community to become familiar with their work.

Lauren Clay is from southwest Louisiana and received her MFA from Wichita State University. She teaches ceramics in the Department of Art at SHSU. She is also Culture Services Administrative Assistant at the Wynne Home Arts Center. Ms. Clay creates ceramic sculptures that are inspired by architectural frameworks such as arches, skeletons, and cages. These structures provide contrast to the fragility and vulnerability of the ceramic material. She describes the patterns in her sculptures as dissolving forms that lend “an unkempt corruption to the elegance of the work.”

Shaun Griffiths received his MFA in Glass from Alfred University in New York. He is teaching Digital Photography and Performance and Video in the Department of Art. Mr. Griffiths will exhibit video installations that investigate the intersection between perception and knowledge. In his work, he manipulates the artistic conventions of portraiture and interiors in ways that are “simultaneously physical and mental, imaginary and real.”

Heather Joy Puskarich and Jessica Simorte are new faculty members teaching in W.A.S.H., the Department of Art’s foundations program.

Ms. Puskarich has an MFA in Glass, Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from Alfred University. She says that her work explores “ideas of beauty and consumption by utilizing consumer and industrial waste such as confectionaries, glass, metal, textiles, cosmetics, etc.”

Jessica Simorte earned her MFA in Two-dimensional Studies from the University of Cincinnati Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Program. She is an abstract painter of environments that are ambiguous and non-specific.  Her paintings are arranged in groups or clusters so the imagery in the paintings can create references and analogies. She says that, “by looking at interiors through the filter of materials and physicality, the work ultimately focuses on drawing and painting as a means of navigating physical and intangible places.”

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