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Senior Art Exhibit Showcases Bottle People
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Sharen Mitchell '13

An intriguing art exhibit by Limestone College studio art major Sharen Mitchell will be on display in the College's Granberry Hall Gallery March 26-May 12.

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Entitled "Marooned Vessels," the exhibit fuses the forms of glass bottles and people. The display is Sharen's senor art exhibit and is presented by the Limestone Art Department. Included in the exhibit are paintings on traditional and alternative surfaces, red clay, wire sculpture, and a three-dimensional installation.

Sharen, a graduate of Greer High School and daughter of Karen Mitchell, says that the idea to utilize bottles was sparked during a friend's wedding. "Her wedding had an old Coke bottle theme to it, and I was fascinated by how the light was shining through the bottles. I made a request during the reception for the guests to give their bottles to me. As I drew the bottles it occurred to me that they more or less looked the same; they all had a neck and very similar form. At the same time, I realized how much I missed drawing people because of the variety of different poses and body types."

Limestone Art Professor Chris Neyen encouraged Sharen to fuse the forms of bottles and humans. It was a suggestion that Sharen embraced. "The fusion was incredible and sparked a whole new set of ideas for me," she said. The result was a series of "bottle people;" human forms with bottle necks and tops.

"I actually find the fusion of bottle and human forms to be quite interesting and the two forms play off one another in fun ways," explained Sharen. "As the light comes through the bottles, it is reflected in certain ways...just as some people are reflective and transparent in nature. By that, I mean there are some people whose personalities are the epitome of transparency and you can tell exactly what they're thinking."

The three-dimensional sculpture featured in Marooned Vessels features approximately 50 bottles of different colors arranged in a circle to resemble a moving gear to "show how the different colors work together to turn the gears."

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