Artist Statements

Vivian Ma ’24
Other Shore of Soul

I approach the theme of self-identity in Other Shore of Soul through an exploration of art as an irreplaceable component of myself.

Vivian Ma ’24
The Tale of Birth
(watercolor, soluble graphite)

The Tale of Birth is drawn under the idea of my exploration of self-identity through the depiction of objects and events related to my birth.

Andy Arrangoiz ’22
Sun Salutations: Come Through, Golden Hour
(graphite and marker, digitized)

I tend to use art not quite as a form of therapy or even relaxation, but as a venue for energy expenditure—a way of putting a small fraction of my artistic visions out there. Most of these visions involve portraits of various people, such as this one. Instead of keeping all of them confined in my brain, I can express myself without thinking too much about it (unlike writing), since I’ve got the muscle memory to just let my hand go. In this specific portrait of the musical artist Lorde, I like that the yellow somehow seems both warm- and cool-toned, signifying the ringing in of autumn and goodbye to summer, with some dread for the shortening days of winter.

Mika Taga ’22
Fused Shadow

This is one of my first prints made with black ink. In it, I am exploring ideas of the in- between, shadows, dissolved boundaries, and spontaneous mark-making. This work connects to my studio art thesis, in which I am curious about mapping unseen spaces and forms seen when eyes are closed.

Eva Knaggs ’23

This piece is part of an exploration of soft shapes and memory.

Emma Slibeck ’24
No More
(mixed media)

In collaboration with other Native women at Wellesley, I shot and printed the images for No More. in February 2020 on occupied Wabanaki and Naumkeag land. Sarah Bace (Member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy), Donoma Fredericson (Descendant of the Cherokee Nation), and I (Descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) appear in the images. “Gone” was shot by Hywot Ayana. These images are a response to the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit. Read more at this link.

Maya Collins ’22
Drifting Toward
(ink on paper)

I gravitate toward using black pen to capture simply scenes where I’ve felt most connected to those I love.

Nina Davalos ’25
Para Mí Tía

Within my work, I focus on elements from my childhood and culture that influence the person I am today. Being Latinx and a first-gen student, I’ve found it difficult to acclimate to new surroundings outside of my comfort, and I challenge these emotions in my art through imagery from memories of spending time with family and through symbols of my Mexican heritage.

Ashley Yuan ’24
Flora x Fauna

What I love about STEM is learning to find ways to see how everything in the world is interconnected in some intrinsic way. When I switch gears to art, I find I have the power to make unconventional connections, such as blending very different organic things into one.

Grace Ramsdell ’22
I am a photographer and writer, and most simply put, I care about making things and sharing stories. “Blue—” is one in a series of cyanotypes I made in response to Emily Dickinson poems about light, the sun, and the color blue. The original print now lives alongside sun lumen prints of Dickinson’s manuscripts in a handmade book I created. In the book, “Blue—” is paired with Dickinson’s poem “I watched the Moon around the House.”

Bell Beecher Pitkin ’23
At Tupelo
(35mm film)

This photo was made on black and white 35mm film with a Canon Sureshot. It features two close friends, Soap Pena ’22 and Karla Macias ’22, at Tupelo Point on one of the last warm days of autumn. The tenderness of the photo holds a certain reverential quality which reminds me of my happy memories and all those I’ve yet to make.

Sally Song ’25
First Book

I am fond of drawing portraits because they capture mundane moments that no one seems to notice or give a second glance. I use graphite as my sole medium because it emphasizes the simplicity of life through the passage of perpetual time. These brief points in time are what make each of us unique in infinite ways.

Akanksha Basil ’25

I love photography, and I can often be spotted following birds around with the hope of getting shots of them. This particular photo is of a cormorant, Seymour, whose favorite spot is a buoy on Lake Waban. On this particular day, the lake was very still and, coupled with a gray sky, accentuated the cormorant’s reflection beautifully. Seymour was also “wing-spreading,” which cormorants often do to dry off after being in the water. This, I felt, added further depth to the shot.

Jessica Watson ’95
Winter (What Would the Egg Do?)

I am a photographer who seeks sensuality and surreality in the everyday. I am attracted to color, form, and detail. I look carefully at things, because they are not always what they seem, and beneath the surface there is an uncanny parallel existence that sometimes shows itself. I didn’t know what to photograph during the pandemic, so I started with my garden, then I went walking in the world. My recent works are each
a synthesis of many photos taken in nature at specific times and places, then digitally layered, erased, and marked. This piece, Winter (What Would the Egg Do?), was one of four pieces exhibited at Parson’s XReality Gallery in a show about the egg’s cycle in the human body.

Maya Collins ’22
Island Time
(ink on paper, digitized)

Spending a summer out on an island, on Star Island, time flows strangely. In Island Time, I placed Dalí-inspired melting 8hr clocks on Shack Tree on Shack Deck—two Star Island landmarks. The piece was first drawn in black pen on paper, then illustrated in Procreate.

Riya Balachandran ’24
“I don’t see colour.”
(mixed media)

This is a mixed media piece using a photo-transfer process, acrylic paint, and micron penwork. The person depicted is my cousin, Lauren, who was the subject of an entire series I did exploring race—specifically how white people view and interact with race. This piece specifically is dealing with the phrase “I don’t see colour,” and my personal discomfort with the subsequent erasure of identity and understanding of inequity that follows this belief that we live in a “post-racial” society. Lauren is also biracial, half Indian and half white, and is considered white-passing; her brownness specifically is often erased.

Lila Joffe ’25
Fragments of a Home

My work combines photography and collage. I use portraits and backgrounds from magazines like National Geographic as well as my own photography. I created this piece for an AP portfolio that focuses on the concept of “Broken Homes.” My 14-piece portfolio won a National Gold Key from Scholastic and earned a 5 on the AP. This piece was created in less than two hours as a midterm for my photography class.

Lamees Rahman ’24
Sleepy Monkey

I like to use bold colors and flat shapes and am very inspired by the world of children’s books, art, and animation. In particular, I am a huge Cartoon Network fan!

Bernice Sun ’24
Two Koi Fish and a Diamond

I am a sophomore from California studying Media Arts and Sciences and East Asian Studies. I enjoy using art to represent my various interests and combine them.
This print was for a collaborative class project: making a deck of playing cards. The inspiration for my cards was Chinese paper art and Chinese characters. For this particular piece, I used two koi fish swimming in a circular motion around the Chinese character for “two.” This is reminiscent of the circular shape of some Chinese paper art and also references the shape of rippling water.