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Public Art: Planting a Seed of Civility

Kaity Martin '17, Honors in Art

Kaity Martin presents her Honors in Art Exhibition. Her artist's statement shares her personal aesthetic as well as the things that move her to create. Please join Kaity for an artist's reception on Wednesday, November 15 from 2-4 pm. 

“After the death of a classmate, in the realization and sense of self that followed, I decided to propose an idea for a memorial to him. From there, three other projects developed to create a body of work over the next year, during an honor's study with Professor Ken Reker through the Art + Design Department here at Salem State University. This honors project has been a great privilege that I never imagined I could have accomplished and, at the same time, could have so much fun and absorb so many skills along the way. Where I came from as a high school student, to now graduating college, I'm extremely grateful, and I owe this opportunity to Alex, the one who made me realize that if I wanted something bad enough, I had to make it happen, no excuses.

Along with the memorial bench for Alex Jacobowitz that I initially proposed, I ultimately decided upon three designs for three projects. A bus shelter that mimics the body of two figures, offering shelter, support, and safety for those who wish to utilize it, a recycling can monster that offers a playful yet impactful message about the importance of being responsible for our garbage, and finally a testimonial piece as a female within today's culture and how I am left feeling vulnerable. I have been inspired and would like to continue to inspire, through the medium of life I work hardest at; my creative thinking.”

Exhibition: November 9 – November 29, 2017
Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 2–4 pm

When 4:00pm
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Winfisky Gallery
Karen A Gahagan
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