Student art makes “sad personal statements”

In Art, Artist Profile, Arts & Entertainment, Student Art
Audrey Higa's exhibition at the Exit Gallery at Cal State  Fullerton with captivating art that displays skill, thought and time that went into the pieces.   (Sam Alton / Daily Titan)
Audrey Higa’s exhibition inside the Exit Gallery at Cal State Fullerton includes captivating art that displays clear skill, thought and time.
(Sam Alston / Daily Titan)

Audrey Higa’s exhibition at the Exit Gallery at Cal State Fullerton can fulfill the needs of students who have a keen eye for art with a deeper meaning.

From Nov. 12 through Nov. 17, Higa’s exhibition is available for students’ viewing pleasure.

“This is my first solo show, but I’ve shown in this gallery and a couple other places but nothing this big,” Higa said.

Higa, a senior majoring in fine arts with a drawing and painting concentration, had to prepare last minute because she wasn’t sure she was going to get a slot in the gallery for the semester.

The artwork, which was a hand-picked compilation of all the work she’s done both inside and outside of school, wasn’t something that she was planning. Higa wasn’t sure if the feeling that she wanted her work to emulate would come across the way she hoped.

“I just did the stuff that I felt went the best with each other,” Higa said.

Higa takes about two hours to create a painting, but she had created so many pieces that she didn’t exactly make anything specific for the gallery.

“I had so many combinations of things,” she said.

Higa not only picked out what she thought worked for the exhibit, but she also selected pieces that were relevant to someone who may question the bible.

Higa’s art is not only thought provoking, but it also challenges the social norm.

“I wasn’t trying to make a critique of religion,” Higa said. “I think that it turned out to be a critique of the bible, because it is so patriarchal and essentially a very misogynistic text.”

At first glance, Higa’s paintings are detailed, smooth and easy on the eyes. The paintings are thick with large strokes that intertwine with dark, neutral colors.

The most captivating part about Higa’s art is more than just the skill, thought and time that went into it. The ideas found in her pieces, which contain various phrases cut out from religious pamphlets she received and stuck onto an abstract work of art really bring her entire exhibition together.

“I cut them up to make these really sad personal statements,” Higa said.

Tiana Ramirez, a third-year art major, stumbled upon Higa’s exhibit while coming to look at her teacher’s art in a different gallery.

“I think (the gallery) is amazing, it’s really beautiful, it’s cohesive, it’s cool,” Ramirez said.

A sad feel from artwork isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can be something that gives people a chance to critically analyze and think about what they’re seeing. Before speaking to Higa, the emotions behind her work were apparent enough for people, like Ramirez and Rick Pinon, to notice.

Pinon, a third-year double major in journalism and liberal studies, enjoys art and joined Ramirez to check out the art on campus.

Pinon felt that while the work is sad, it’s not depressing. Ramirez agreed that the work has a natural, neutral tone to it.

For Higa, this is something that she’s always been wanting to do, and she finally got a chance.

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