Down the Rabbit Hole: UCF MFA Thesis Exhibition 2014

Featuring: Shelly Bradon, Stephanie Cafcules, David Dannelly, Emilie Finney, Jay Flynn, Samuel Jimenez, Ivan Riascos
VAB Art Gallery, School of Visual Art and Design
March 6 – March 21, 2014
Reception: Thursday, March 13, 6-8pm
Shelly Bradon’s work addresses the life of an 8-year old girl living with physical disabilities. This body of work incorporates a variety of media to communicate the struggles and victories found in this story.

Stephanie Cafcules is influenced by art history and inspired by textures and patterns in nature. A main process throughout her work is the transformation of synthetic materials either physically or chemically. Controlling form and material is just as important as the uncontrolled outcomes process yields.

David Dannelly’s work is a series of short narrative animations which analyze and critique popular media culture through the lenses of philosophy, theology and media theory, and are united through the common thread of his personal observations.

Emilie Finney alters the semiotic system that is our language. Using texts that comprise our common knowledge, she reveals how language defines meaning - and meaning defines intent. Emilie explores what happens when these aspects of language are misaligned or ignored to make a comment on how society treats language.

Jay Flynn combines contemporary and historical photography with sculpture to challenge the expectation of his viewer. He decontextualizes photography provoking the viewer to experience a more immediate, personal encounter with the images and objects.

Samuel Jimenez work recreates consequential scenes from his past through technical drawings and blending of imagery while exploring the possibilities provided by interaction of both common media and the ambiguous nature of memory.

Ivan Riascos was raised Catholic, but struggles with the lack of his own faith. He has created photographic and sculptural icons that reflect a personal re-visioning of biblical scriptures.