CAS Summer Research Grant Exhibition

Dates: October 8, 2010 through November 26, 2010

Description: Art and Design Department students LaKeshia Stigall and Autumn Panzera present works in drawing, painting, photography, video, and sculpture produced during the summer of 2010.

Autumn Panzera’s Mindful Convergence

“Genes set boundaries for human behavior,
but within these boundaries there is immense room for variation
determined by experience, personal choice and even chance.”

John J. Ratey, M.D. “A User’s Guide to the Brain”

Serigraphy, a mechanical form of reproduction, yields screens capable of replicating the same image numerous times with varied results. The outcome is determined by differences as obvious as a change in ink or a subtle shift in printing pressure. These idiosyncrasies of the process make screen-printing the ideal medium for a discourse on the workings of the human brain. Within the duality of the mind, and the continuous struggle between the conscious and unconscious, there lies limitless potentiality. Genetics predetermine the initial configuration of neural cells but synaptic connections between those cells are in a constant state of flux. One moment, an instant in time, though a fraction of your existence can rewire your neural network. In other words, we keep changing our minds.

In making this body of work I have incorporated snapshots from my personal life. These moments are reproduced, reapplied and re-created through the eyes and hands of an individual that has been shaped by genetics, environment, chance and choice. It’s where I came from, it’s who I was. But it’s not who I am because just like everything else, I keep changing.

Lakeshia Stigall’s Economic Impact Photography Research Document

Project Overview: This summer, I was interested in pursuing and capturing images of individuals affected by the current economic situation that our country has been faced with. I photographed and interviewed a number of individuals on how they were affected by the economy, their thoughts on whether the economy would improve, and information they wanted others to know. All participants were selected randomly to prevent possible bias. These participants were photographed on the spot and were not posed. The individuals were from various backgrounds and economic classes. The participants ranged from homeless and recovering drug addicts to working class and business professionals and owners whose income bracket was between 0-6 figures. The research included children through senior citizens to show all ages are affected. Through the course of my research, I received an interesting response and a overall consensus from the participants. It was intriguing to meet and discuss the project with the various individuals that participated. I was most interested in how many were affected and how different all the individuals that participated were. Most came from different backgrounds and due to age and life experience were able to provide ideas and stories influenced by their own life. For some individuals this was their first experience with the country’s economic difficulties while those older were able to give some insight and comparisons to other important economic turmoil’s in the past. Overall, it was a very useful and insightful project and I am excited to present my results.