Artist: Austyn Taylor
Recently, the Fosdick-Nelson gallery at Alfred University had an exhibition entitled Aftercare. The first thing I noticed as I entered the gallery was that the majority of the pieces were of animals. These weren’t regular animals, however they were deformed. The primary medium the artist used has a ceramic texture, giving the sculpture a shiny exterior and giving it beauty despite the fact the animals are contorted. The reason as to why he went with this form of art and the meaning behind his artwork are unclear. However, that adds depth to the art because it just means the interpretations are endless. For example, I believe the statement he’s trying to make is that there’s beauty behind deformities and it should be celebrated and showcased rather than hidden.
The piece that stood out for me was a wooden sculpture of a long snout dog. The main thing that attracts me to this sculpture is the detail illustrated throughout the piece. While the face of the dog still remains misshapen, there’s still beauty in the way it was carved and it’s easily eye-catching in that aspect alone.
This gallery was an eye opening one. I’m not sure if my interpretation is equivalent to the artist’s actual meaning, however that’s irrelevant. Most times it depends upon the audience how a piece or exhibit is viewed. It also illustrates the idea that a piece doesn’t necessarily have to be “pretty” to be unique and beautiful.
Exhibits such as this tie back to the Digital Media and Animation program because we’re constantly looking for ways to make things look perfect. It allows us to see an art that isn’t perfect but is still beautiful in other ways.It also shows that we can illustrate an idea using several different mediums and not just one.