For sculptor Vanessa Paschakarnis, space and form serve as a means to an end: They encourage viewers to “re-evaluate their existence as physical beings.” Her works, she says, allude to the “essence of an encounter – an encounter with form as a thing – and the thing as equal companion.” Her designs borrow from simple forms in nature; working in stone and bronze, the assistant professor of art in Meadows School of the Arts creates pieces on a scale of the human body. A shark’s tooth enlarged takes on centurion-like proportions. A sand dollar lends its shape to a human shield. Her sculptures, Paschakarnis says, “are beings in and of themselves, autonomous objects that occupy space – in the room and in the viewer’s head.” Read more in the current issue of SMU Research magazine, and view more of Paschakarnis’ work at her Web site.
- Save the date: 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting takes place Wednesday, Aug. 24
- Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Fall 2016
- Your invitation to Opening Convocation: Take part Sunday, Aug. 21
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is topic of SMU’s 2016 Common Reading discussion Sunday, Aug. 21
- Save the date: Engaged Learning Symposium, Big iDeas Pitch Contest scheduled for SMU Family Weekend, Sept. 23, 2016