The Spring 2021 Final Exhibit featuring the works of digital media and fine arts students of FUA-AUF represents the individual search for positioning one’s self in an imaginary space. From the perspective of “The Possibile City” theme, the current pandemic leads us to re-imagine who we are as individuals inhabiting a space. The body of work presented at this exhibit is a series of personal explorations of the intersections between self, possibility, and space. Self-exploration is examined as one of the many forms of discovering one’s possibility and imbuing it with a new meaning through shapes, forms, words, and semiotics. As individuals positioned within the city of Florence, the idea of the possible city materializes through the student visions, intensely personal yet choral in their shared experience and experimentation of the represented media.
Boise, Idaho USA
Boise State University
Title: “Soul Child”
Dimensions: 23x 30 cm
Medium: Watercolors, Print of my photography, Markers, and Pen
The war of words that takes place in my head, this is a battle between the positive and negative. Painting my fears on a page and letting my words devour them, clears my mind and takes care of my soul child. I begin by slowly scraping the surface and the more layers I add the deeper I dive into my inner thoughts and feelings. I take notice of the soft yellow voice in my head uplifting, encouraging, and caring for my soul child under the louder opinions. This is my chaotic mind mess on a page.
“Cities are people”
oil pastels, black permanent marker on Acrylic paper 21 x 29,7 cm.
FSE, 2021 Spring, Introduction to Art Therapy course, FUA.
Cities are often overcrowded with the abundance of people, their hustle and bustle, their activities, that is social life. In the face of a pandemic, people changed, some found joy in small things while others closed or even plunged into depression. What the face of the city will be after these trials will depend on each of us and our reaction to them.
Boise, Idaho USA
Boise State University
Title: “Remaining Ruins”
Dimensions: 23x 30 cm
Medium: Watercolors, burned journal pages, and pen
Nostalgic thoughts filled my mind as I wrote down my feelings on a bus ride through the once new and bright city. The deserted streets feel emptier seeing that the people I love and care for no longer walk its cobblestone roads. Since they have gone the city feels grey and bare. The beauty remains but now the colors have faded and it’s magic has burned away.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Intro to Art Therapy, Rope, 17 centimeters, pencil sketch
While in Florence I have been able to detach from my normal life and experiment with different experiences, places, and people. Unfortunately, that has led me to get COVID and land myself in an over twenty-day quarantine. Once I am released, I will be able to continue my involvement in my study abroad program until my final days, then I will be going back to my normal life back in the states.
“Room With a View”
36x26cm, Oil on paper
William & Mary
Ghosts of the New Normal
Oil on Oil Pad 28 x 33 cm
This piece reflects on how accustomed the world has become in the past year of the “new normal” of the global pandemic, including normalized everyday aspects of temperature cheak’s, Covid-19 testing, social distancing, and masks. In the post-pandemic future, these aspects will gradually fade away to only be uncomfortable memories.
University of South Carolina; Foundation Painting; The Unforeseen City; Oil Paint with Blending Technique; 12×16 cm.
The idea behind my painting is the uncertainty and unpredictability of the post-pandemic future. The gondolier is paddling toward a clouded city, hidden from a complete range of view. Ultimately, this portrays the unforeseen future and the inability to determine how our world and its cities will look in the years ahead.
Kennesaw State University
Pencil, watercolor, and white gel pen
9’’ x 10’’
I imagine that once Italy returns to its former state, the abundance of the art held here could be fully admired once again. In my piece, I have painted a young woman finally going to museum that had been formerly closed. She admires a painting that she can finally see with her own eyes for the first time.
William & Mary
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Graphite on Paper 23cm by 23cm
This piece reflects on the similarities of the 1918 Influenza pandemic to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The figure is shown giving a worried look towards the future, and the almost inevitable pandemic of tomorrow.
A long-awaited event
Watercolor and ink
Two hugging figures represent the value of human communication, friendship and love. This work reflects the meeting of people after a long-term separation, when there was no opportunity to meet with loved ones and travel to other countries.
William & Mary
Exposure Brush pen and watercolor on paper 1
3cm by 18cm
This piece reflects on how the past year or so of trauma, uncertainty, and death is coming to an end through something as seemingly insignificant as a shot or two in the arm. Additionally, the work comments on how this vaccine brings about changes in social exposure that we have become no longer accustomed to.
Anna Mae Houston
Religion and God are two things that I have never been able to really connect with and understand. I was raised Catholic, going to catechism, masses and other church events. My younger brother and I struggled with what was truth, what was faith and what was science. At 15 we both decided against getting confirmed. I have been estranged from religion for about 6 years, but when coming to Florence I felt the relationship open back up just a bit, not necessarily for acceptance, but potentially to understand what others gain from the aspects that I have been missing all of these years. Religion and God are both tied into the cities history, architecture, culture and essence. No matter the religion or the belief, it is beautiful to see what has been built surrounding the light and worship over many years of rich spiritual history.
Endicott – MA
Your Right of Way
In life every individual is actively making decisions that are for the future but reflect and affect the present from the past. A future ahead that is unseen but is slowly laying itself out before our eyes. And the present, which we are in now. Life is unpredictable and full of ups and downs. It tends to throw us curve balls and surprise us with things that end up not only challenging us but pushing us to discover new things about the world and ourselves. There will be construction, there will be difficult decisions, there will be a day when the leaves fall from the trees. Yet there will be a time when the flowers bloom and the leaves on the trees grow back. They key, I have found is perspective. To find the beauty in the imperfections and embrace them. Not everything needs to be fixed, as the change of path could lead to something great that someone might not have seen before.
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho USA
Straying away from the suspected images of architecture and landscape
photography, I’ve created the photographic series “Surface“ to showcase the unique
qualities of body scapes and the contrasting textures of architecture and nature to
the human body. Normally a portrait photographer, I decided to mix the two
mediums of photography as I showcase my processing skills in Adobe Photoshop.
My intention for the work was to create an image for viewers
to enjoy at first glance and think of its meaning beyond the surface. My hope is for
the viewer to connect with each image independently while framing their own
narrative with the sculptures. Having been my first body of work experimenting with
architecture, I grew more confident in the subject and was excited to combine my
love for portraiture with this project.
Ornella Kristall Fanciulli
ACTORS: Harris Demi & Taylor Samuels
The commercial aims to showcase what a Possible City would look like. A world that is hands free. We will be able to display photographs, play videos, and use web browsers right in our line of vision in the future thanks to advanced contact lenses. Soon, we’ll be able to take pictures simply by blinking, see city maps appear in front of our eyes as we walk, and see previously blurry objects in the foreground come into focus.
Boise State University
Just a Phase
This body of work represents a vulnerable time in my life when I opened up about my curiosities and sexual interests with people I cared about most, and was met with anger and disapproval. This spring, I began using the medium of photography to work through the feeling of shame and explore my sexual interests in a creative way. Just a Phase purposefully showcases the playfulness I had in exploring different settings, moving from indoor photoshoots (in studio, home, kitchen, bathroom) to outdoor photoshoots (on the streets of Florence), as well as, changing the format of my photography from film to digital. Originally inspired by the erotic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, I mixed and blended inspiration from eccentric fasion photographers David LaChapelle and Helmut Newton.
When openly sharing my sexual interests in women and bdsm (bondgage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism), I was constantly met with shameful statements such as; “You’ve always liked men, this is just a phase”, “Don’t be that girl that experiments with women in college”, “So now your lesbian or bisexual”, or “Your doing this for attention”. Feeling guilt from my families ideals and societal pressure to choose a name and box for my sexuality, Just a Phase is a confident showcase of my erotic interests, sexual playfulness, and internal emotional explorations to the outer world. The series was intentionally photographed in black and white to highlight the subject and objects in the photograph rather than distract the viewer with color. Each image is charged with erotisism and undertones of societal pressures on sex, marriage, gender and gender roles. This nonlinear work of images is not asking for approval from its audience, but instead each individual photo is meant to provoke the viewer into feeling something different, begging them to question their own narratives, perceptions or indifference towards the photographs.
University of Vermont
My Life at Home series, titled “Fishbowl”, began as my photography project last fall during my Introduction to Digital Photography course. It started by being a documentation of my roommate, Carly, going on dates, and I soon realized that I enjoyed capturing these intimate moments. When Carly ran out of people that she wanted to go on dates with, I simply began documenting my roommates and friends in a more intimate way, things that an outside viewer would not normally see of someone they are not close to: getting ready for a night out, celebrating the holidays, eating meals. I like the way it feels to look at these images, and the sense of closeness and familiarity it emits.
After living with Carly and my other roommate, Kaitlyn, for 6 months, we have created more than a friendship, rather a sort of sisterhood. The bond between women is certainly special and I see this more and more as I get older and my friendships, old and new, continue to strengthen. I wanted to continue capturing these intimate moments, but this time in a new and evolved way. During the 3 weeks that I had this course, I was taking 5 classes at once and was doing school work from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep. Because of this, I considered concepts based in our home since I did not have many opportunities to go out and dive into a project that involved travel to a further location or multiple locations. Another factor that I considered is how I am always taking photos and videos on my iPhone to document my life, but unless it is a silly selfie, I am not in the photos myself. I want to remember these moments, what I look like, how I feel, what I am doing, and how I interact with my environment and the others in it. After discovering all these aspects, I concluded that I will continue this series, while also inserting myself into the images using a tripod.
This project means a lot to me. While more than half of the photos are posed, with the concepts previously decided, they are all representative of our little life together. Whether we are fighting, staying up late having deep talks on the terrace, cleaning, or getting glammed up just to take photos in the apartment, we are coinciding alongside each other. An important factor of this project is that we have been living through a global pandemic, not doing as much as we used to out in the world. This has made us evaluate our time inside, in efforts to make it as meaningful
as our time outside. Kaitlyn, Carly, and I have done a pretty decent job of figuring things out while locked in a small apartment together for weeks at a time. I like to think that our relationship itself is what makes our time at home special, and worth capturing.
“מחפש תשובות” – Searching for Answers
Black and White Film
Fine Art Canson Satin RC and Baryta Paper
Human beings are searching their whole life. People begin their life with searching for their mother’s voice. This is the only thing that brings comfort to most babies. This feels safe. When children grow and start to detach from their mothers side, they search for an object like stuffed animal, that brings them the same kind of comfort as their mothers voice. As some children get older, their families instill in them the ability to find their next stage of comfort in a religion. I have been brought up Jewish, and have learned about the stories from the Torah my whole life. As a child I went to temple every Saturday with my family and watched my mother with her peers praying, but from the start, I had questions. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t wear my favorite dress since it didn’t cover my shoulders, or why men and women were treated differently in the stories in the Torah and in my temple. When I asked my questions, I never received an answer that I felt completed my question. My curiosity became deeper as my siblings started to find comfort in our religion. During my time here in Florence, I’ve encountered multiple struggles. No one tells you in high school how to prepare for being on your own. After becoming connected to a synagogue in Florence, I attended a Shabbat dinner. Even though I don’t keep Shabbat anymore, I was welcomed with open arms. I found comfort in family. This project has been a form exploration and questioning. I feel this project is a visual interpretation of life as a young Jewish teen brought up with orthodox education, questioning every piece of information handed to her. My brain is a rollercoaster of thoughts, wondering why I must be covered, and why I must follow the rules or else receive a punishment. It’s frustrating and confusing, but a journey I have only just begun.
Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media,
Danelia Rodriguez Santana
University of South Florida
Journalism and Media Studies
University of Pennsylvania
English and Economic Studies
Emmanuel Samuel Prince