CFAM Presents the 2019 Studio Art Senior Exhibition

Cease & Desist, an exhibition presenting the work of six senior studio art majors, debuts at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on April 12.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, in collaboration with Rollins’ Department of Art & Art History, presents Cease & Desist, an exhibition debuting the work of six senior studio art majors.

Each of the works exhibited exist as the embodiment of distinct research practices developed by the students throughout their last year of study. The students represent a diversity of practice, materials, and media that evokes a multiplicity of voices, each remaining individual within the collective thematic framework of the exhibition.

The concept of the cease-and-desist letter as a legal convention, explaining a violation of the sender’s rights and offering the recipient an opportunity to change voluntarily, contextualizes these students’ works as discussions of circumstances with potential long-term repercussions. Although distinct, each artist engages in an investigation of the impact that human behavior has on the environment, the self, and others, inviting viewers into a conversation where the completed works await their engagement or their choice to desist from the content altogether.

Here’s a look at the artists represented in the exhibition and a glimpse of their individual projects:

  • Meredith Ewen ’19 examines the impact of sexual assault on survivors using hand-embroidery on undergarments to provide a platform for survivor voices and stories.
  • Anastasia Rooke ’19 creates hand-folded digital lenticulars that highlight the unseen human-rights injustices of the fast-fashion industry.
  • Alicia Sales ’19 creates illustrated narratives using symbolic creatures from Greek/Roman/Pagan/Medieval mythology and encourages viewers to project themselves into the scenes as a form of self-reflection.
  • Ari Schubot ’19 produces photographs that investigate the cultivation of invasive vines for aesthetic purposes, highlighting the battle between concrete and foliage.
  • Elizabeth Shugart ’19 investigates the complex history of control in the Everglades and its impacts on our ecosystems through archival digital montages.
  • Zinnia Upson ’19 uses found object assemblage to explore colony collapse disorder.

The exhibition opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and will remain on view through May 13.

Related Programming

Tuesday, April 16 | 12:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Student Artists

Tuesday, April 23 | 12:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Student Artists