High-level works of art on display at Goshen College


March 23—GOSHEN — The Goshen College Senior Art Exhibit features graphic designs and artwork by seven Goshen College seniors.

“It really shows what we as senior art students have been working on for the past four years,” said Joel Lara.

Lara started her show pieces in her freshman year, which gave her plenty of time and in the end allowed her to completely change her plan. Originally, Lara wanted to attend Ball State for architecture, but he received such great scholarships at Goshen College that he couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Born in Mexico, Lara’s family immigrated to Goshen when he was a freshman and he graduated from Goshen High School. Today, Lara is a senior in the art department at Goshen College, completing her exhibit for the second round of senior art exhibits, a collection of large sculptures.

He originally envisioned a geometric design with common colors like red, blue, green and white, to fit in with traffic lights and other street decor, but decided he wanted to take it a step further. .

“I had had a mental block last semester. I was doing this really high piece for Epic Art Trail, and it just wasn’t going the way I wanted it to, so I spent the whole semester working on this piece. “

In Lara’s new play, he hopes to raise awareness about mental health. He was inspired by another piece of art he discovered of a woman, watching birds soar through a blue and pink sky.

I have struggled with mental health issues for the past few years, but in a positive way, providing comfort to people who may need it,” he said. It’s very prevalent these days, mental health and mental illness, but I didn’t want to create a collection of pieces that represent the bad side of mental health, but in a way just provide a grip conscience and hope.”

His piece incorporates the landscape of this image, with clouds in pink and blue, and birds in the foreground. The part is constructed primarily from aluminum rather than steel, although it is more difficult to weld, to create a lighter part, allowing for more design. Its structure remains in steel.

Scheduled to graduate in May 2022, Lara plans to take a year off before returning to college after saving for debt and deciding which university to start her architecture degree at. He still intends to go into architecture and continued his concentration in pre-architecture, using his sculptural pieces as a portfolio.

“That’s always the plan. That’s why I started doing sculpture and sculptural ceramics as a way to start a portfolio of architectural pieces,” Lara said. “The sculpturability, the design, even the technical aspect of creating these sculptures, because many of the ones I make are quite large.”

Lara and several other sculpture students from the college will also have their pieces displayed on the Epic Art Adventures trail, which this year will include the quilt gardens, wax figures and contemporary sculptures set up by the Visitor and Convention Center. of Elkhart County.

The senior art exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part, on display until April 4, will feature graphic designer Anna Smucker from photographer Goshen; Jacqueline Efigenio Martinez de Goshen; graphic designer Leah Kauffman of West Liberty, Ohio; and graphic designer Andrew Bodden of Lancaster, Penn.; and designer Priscilla Tanujaya from Jakarta, Indonesia

The second exhibition, from April 10 to April 24, will feature Lara and graphic designer Yujin Kim, Chuncheon, Korea.

A combined graduation exhibition will also take place the week of April 26.

Dani Messick is the education and entertainment reporter for The Goshen News. She can be reached at dani.messick@goshennews.com or 574-538-2065.


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