If you’ve ever visited the Beaux-Arts building, you’ve probably walked past or peeked inside the art gallery. Our gallery has hosted fine art exhibitions over the years. In Color, Voice and the Jean Parish Scholarship are just a few examples of some of our past exhibitions. My favorite is catch the light which increased in 2020. This one was specifically put together by the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, but in 2022 they’re back with something new and just as stunning.
The Martin-Mullen gallery has mounted a new exhibition entitled Sea Psyche. It was created by Amy Cannon using surreal art methods like clay and paper collage painting. The art in the collection is meant to reflect Cannon’s relationship with water. She has several pieces in this exhibit that reflect her love and the peace she finds in swimming, as well as more political pieces that reflect the effects of global warming on aquatic environments. Amy Cannon, the art gallery’s director, says, “Sea Psyche: Real and Imagined” is an exhibition of recent work by Amy Cannon exploring the “watery” world in which she lives. Beneath the surface, everyone is alive. There are unexamined thoughts and feelings, abstract shapes and colors alluding to both real and imagined things and places.
Cannon used a variety of different artistic techniques to create the pieces in this exhibit. She frequently uses a technique called intaglio, or engraving, and uses many sculptures in sandstone. You can see his stone work in his “Sea Floor” sculptures. She also uses collage painting and graphite drawing to express and combine the complexities of the ocean and her imagination. Cannon explains, “It was through these processes that the theme of the sea emerged, symbolizing the unsung depths of the psyche.
Another fan favorite includes Reef 13. This is a collage-style yellow piece from Cannon’s Knysna series. She achieved this effect by using polymer paper printed on wood. She used this same technique on another piece called Benthic debris, which uses a lot of red, black and gray. There are walls full of his intaglio work, one of which depicts sea creatures like jellyfish. Another noteworthy piece is one of Cannon’s rare pieces titled Night. This is another collage style piece that uses white, gray and different shades of blue. Britt Smith, a graduate student in the Museum Studies program, says her favorite was black and white Night.
“They look like fossils, and they’re so complex. Many of these pieces are really colorful, so it’s interesting that the artist is able to make them so detailed without color. Unlike blue and white, black and white is meant to represent the depths of the sea.
The exhibition is currently in place at the Beaux-Arts. Simpson notes that “Beyond the art majors, the show touches on themes of climate change, psychology, philosophy, and marine biology that can be an interesting vantage point for students focusing on these disciplines. It can be a creative outlet for discussion as well as a quiet space to decompress. The gallery is open to the public every day except Wednesday from 11am. at 16 o’clock