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2019 BFA Fine Art & Lens-Based Senior Exhibition

A student and two faculty members looking at the exhibits.

TCNJ Fine Art and Photography & Video seniors’ BFA exhibition
Wednesday, May 1, 2019- May 24, 2019
AIMM Main Gallery and Side Galleries 111, 119.

Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Artist Talks: Wednesday, May 8th

      Loud Poster.People looking at the exhibit.
The TCNJ Art Gallery in celebrated the Fine Art and Photography & Video seniors’ BFA exhibition, LOUD in the spring of 2019. The exhibition presented twelve female artists as they deconstruct perception of societal expectations. The artworks confront complex themes through photography, video, painting, immersive installations and performance. Exploring human agency, gender fluidity, and material transformation, the artists encourage an alternative experience beyond one’s own perspective.

Participating artists included: Olivia Brand, Carly Englander, Lauren Galuppo, Cara Giddens, Linda Magee, Carolyn Mandracchia, Lizzie Mayer, Danielle Rackowski, Courtney Ross, Abigail Rothman, Courtney Ross, and Emily Warakomski. 

White building and a blue sky.Photos in the gallery.

Olivia Brand: Through wide-angle landscape photographs of abandoned spaces, my images evoke a range of emotions and reveal a deeper part of my identity. Using specific light and color, I find the past in the present, as it reflects on my personal transformation into womanhood where the weight of the past remains.


  Two people leaning out of frame.Two people leaning on one another.

Carly Englander: This series of participatory interactions attempts to harmonize and balance the gravities of two independent bodies. To avoid collapse, distributions of weight force energy and preserve balance towards compromise and collaboration. In exchanges of power, a unified entity results from an inevitable mutual dependence.

  Black and red brush strokes on canvas.Two people enjoying the gallery.

Lauren Galuppo: My paintings strive to capture the sensuality of the body through broad, luscious, gestural paint strokes. Form, color and texture, combined with stimulating imagery, follow the paint across numerous small scale paintings where I surrender to both the material and the process of painting.

  Clay people in clear balloons. Gum ball machine exhibit.

Cara Giddens: In this body of work, I juxtapose the intrusive thoughts and memories that suggest worlds that never existed with my lived reality. Inspired by media, horror, sci-fi, and the absurd, I question the social expectations that limit us, and our desire to negotiate and overcome them.

Black and white photo of a metal hanging plate labeled "untried" A man observering the exhibit.

Linda Magee: My work combines various materials and techniques in non-traditional ways to explore themes of identity, memory, and ageism. Utilizing immersive environments as well as order and repetition of text and image, the work reexamines boundaries by questioning the concept of normalcy, reality, and authenticity, straddling the tangible and the unreal.

tan brushes on white papers.   Two men appreciating the standing exhibit.A close up view of the white, floor to ceiling exhibit.

Carolyn Mandracchia: I use my body in evocative ways to question societal assumptions around gender, issues of feminine sexuality and self-image.  In combination with personal storytelling, the work seeks to cause discomfort to force contemplation on issues that are always present yet often ignored.

A woman's face behind a blurry foreground. Several photographs on display in the gallery.

Lizzie Mayer: l investigate addiction and mental health through self portraiture and documentary photography. My interest lies in revealing the tenuous and often hidden line between healthy and unhealthy reliance. I document my own experience in the context of treatment and the larger mental health crisis.

A woman in motion blur posing in an all black environment.

Danielle Rackowski: My work uses photography and video to capture abstract transformations of the self. The process of obscuring my form with light and color during long camera exposures, expresses the desire to liberate the mind and body from personal inhibitions. The enigmatic absence and presence of my physical form transcends and shifts various states of being.

  A child surrounded by semi-transparent blue wisps.

Courtney Ross: Fearing the loss of innocence and imagination my photography attempts to capture my childhood dreams. I insert pictures of myself as a child into a digitally altered and manipulated world to visualize my childhood fantasies and its inevitable loss.

Terminal binary code showing zeros and ones. Art exhibit of metal on the wall.

Abigail Rothman: What do our legal rights mean when they are inaccessible to those without the proper tools to decipher them? Human rights are visualized in a language abstracted through repetition, shape, and binary code. The artwork questions social transparency and accessibility of knowledge as a reflection of extreme political and social hierarchies.

Abstract painting of a person behind a board.

Adrienne Southrey: Through painting and drawing the work explores ways to give form to the sense of an impaired self.  Translated from a stream of consciousness, memory and experience the images appear. The attempt to communicate nearly intangible emotions and ideas is innate to the human experience.

Paper collage of brown lines surround a red and teal blue object. Art exhibit of draped clothes.

Emily Warakomski: My work explores personal relationships and psychological attachments. Stitching particular articles of clothing together suggests interdependency. The tension on each stitched joint and the significance of the absence of the body varies throughout each work and shows that no relationship is the same.