REMOTE features artwork created by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students in the 2019-2020 FYE Forum class taught by Professor Laure Drogoul. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we created our works outside of the classroom and collaborated virtually. The range of themes within the exhibition vary from personal expression, response to current events, exploration of materials, and visual expression.
Given the current COVID-19 situation, our creative community struggles with a lack of studio resources, isolation, health concerns, and emotional overload from the rapidly-changing epidemic. However, we seek to stay connected to each other and inspired by this collaboration. We invite you to walk through our genuine reflection on the current situation and our creative solutions.
Gaeun Chloe Kim, Gloria Logan, and Stefanie Zins
Amber Ventura (Florida, United States)
Annie Yu (Shanghai, China)
Ansley Holcombe (South Carolina, United States)
Caitlyn Vastine-Smith (Florida, United States)
Eric Qi (Vancouver, Canada / Bejiing, China)
Fiona Maisel (United States / Germany)
Gabrielle Terteweh (New Jersey, United States)
Gaeun Chloe Kim (South Korea)
Gloria Logan (New Jersey, United States)
Laura Quinn (Pennsylvania, United States)
Mark Snell (New Jersey, United States)
McKenzie Cherry (Delaware, United States)
Shell He (China)
Stefanie Zins (Florida, United States)
Stephanie Ramos (Connecticut, United States)
Talis Frouge (New Mexico, United States)
Yuhan Shen (United States / China)
The Palmar Structure 2020
Cut paper, ink
Acrylic paint, shoebox, plastic plants, flowers, glitters, mirrored paper
This work is in a cardboard shoe box and opens up to be a surprising garden. My interest is in changing people’s traditional minds to open a new way of thinking.
Graphic Design major
Cotton, rice, stuffing, essential oils, tulle, nails
A comparison between two soft sculptures depicting my personal utopia of a migraine-free brain and my dystopian reality of a brain sentenced to chronic migraines.
Acrylic paint on wood
12”x 11 ¾”
A carved piece of wood depicting how my hands felt being up north in Baltimore. Showing how my body reacted to being in a different environment that I wasn’t used to.
I am exploring my daily routines.
OH ADVENTURE AWAITS 2020
1 min. 32 sec.
An exploration of space. The reality vs. desired. What is left behind and what we forgot to explore. A distraction of space where space is more personal than ever.
Product Design major
Expressing frustrations that I have dealt with overtime throughout my life and even more so recently since moving to college.
GAEUN CHLOE KIM
Please click on image for digital zine
MY GREY SILENCE WEARS A DAMP COAT 2020
Drawing transferred into a digital flipbook
An autobiographical zine. Explores personal thoughts, memories from childhood, and current issues in the form of a diary.
Interactive Arts major
Acrylic and oil pastel
19 x 24”
An expression of informational and emotional overload. Specifically during the current isolated experience and the hypoactive numb reaction that comes with said overloads.
Taken for Granted. 2020
A personal depiction of the sudden and impactful changes as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
The Empty City 2020
Oil painting on canvas
18” x 24”
A cityscape that reflects my internal feelings of solitude and loneliness due to the quarantine.
Picking Up The Pieces 2020
Video and Digital Drawings (turned into interactive puzzles)
Three “pain puzzles” representing a person that I have lost, a person that I almost lost, and a person that I will lose in the near future. These pieces explore the feeling of grief and the expectation of grief and loss through the form of interactive puzzles and a video documenting the act of putting them back together.
Product Design major
Subtle representation of the ways I harm myself.
Birthday Party 2020
Acrylic on Wood
An experiment in “formalizing” characters that I often doodle in the margins of my notebook. The composition of this piece was inspired by Raphael’s 1518 Portrait of Pope Leo X.
Perfect Vacuum 2020
Receipt printer, paper, photography
Installation variable size
A visual exploration of the tug of war between government power and freedom of information in the contemporary Chinese context. A printer continuously prints out sensitive words that were censored from the Chinese internet by the authorities. The strip of receipt is released out of the window swaying in the wind.
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Creation is always influenced by the social, political and/or economical environment. The questions of why, how and what do we create are intrinsically linked to what surrounds us. The current global situation definitely affects the way artists create.
Pigment Sauvage’s mission is to promote and value times of uncertainty, of in-betweenness, the moment when everything collapses. The change of scenery, the road, the territory and mixing cultures are linked to the center’s DNA. As a part of our mission, we believe in hatching creations and revitalizing our spirit through uprooting and movement, through the loss of bearings. The center strives to provide an approachable and intersectional platform for international, local and regional artists. PS encourages collaborative projects and helps to present the work of artist engaged in their community.
It was therefore natural for us to accept the invitation to collaborate with Laure Drogoul's classes. We thought it would be great to offer these future artists the opportunity to experience their first show outside of the school walls. Unfortunately, the whole world was turned upside down by this pandemic. Because, we truly believe that art is a reflection of its world and reacts to itself, the idea of on online exhibition was welcomed.
The current virtual exhibition was originally supposed to be presented at Pigment Sauvage from April 13 to 27, 2020. Pigment Sauvage would like to warmly thank Laure Drogoul for her generosity and her capacity for optimistic renewal. We would like to congratulate all the artists for their incredible creativity.
A WORD FROM LAURE DROGOUL (Class Instructor)
In March, 2020 my Forum class at the Maryland Institute College of Art radically changed dimensions. We moved from a hands-on, experiential studio space to a virtual electronic media environment. MICA’s campus abruptly closed, the students moved in all directions, faculty scrambled to create an online platform. All of Baltimore along with the rest of the country braced itself for the unknown consequences of COVID-19. Class projects begun early in the semester were now revised to a virtual expression. One of these transformed projects, which the class has titled Remote, is made in partnership with Pigment Sauvage, an art center located in Bolton Hill, Baltimore. Though not originally conceived virtually, Remote is now an online exhibition that features the work of seventeen freshman artists who, though displaced, were able to persevere and worked hard to stay connected to each other. Despite tremendous upheaval they created individual works, collaborated, titled and designed their exhibition. I am inspired and awed by this class’s commitment and creativity!
On behalf of the class I would like to thank Gabrielle Lajoie Bergeron and Pigment Sauvage – Art & Residencies for generously opening their hearts and space to such a young group of artists. I would also like to thank MICA for supporting their faculty and students during a difficult transition and give a big shout out to the FYE Department for the care and sensitivity they have shown throughout the semester and the continuing crisis.
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