TWU Art + Design graduating students spark wonder and curiosity through a senior studio class exhibition

Engaging the world through creativity, reflection, and play.

Graduating students of Art + Design at Trinity Western University’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture invite you to experience I[n] Wonder, the final exhibition of the senior studio class of 2024.

I[n] Wonder is an exhibition in two parts, held in the SAMC Gallery at TWU’s Norma Marion Alloway Library from Apr. 2–28, 2024:

Part I

  • Apr. 2–14, 2024
  • Opening reception and artist talks: Apr. 4 at 7 p.m.

Part II

  • Apr. 18–28, 2024
  • Opening reception and artist talks: Apr. 18 at 7 p.m.

The gallery is open during library hours.

(Front) HER, Charissa Mao; (Back) The River of Time, Shuwen Cao.

From tears of pearls to a sensory mural, I[n] Wonder incorporates a multiplicity of mediums, styles, and subjects. Each of these projects revolve around some sort of wonder and curiosity about the world, through topics ranging from childhood to connection.

I[n] Wonder exhibits the work of eight student artists and designers whose works employ social activism, design, drawing, installation, painting, and mural design to share their individual messages. Each artist uses their unique materials and skills to examine this year’s theme. The exhibition seeks to encourage viewers to embrace a mindset of self-discovery and curiosity as they explore each artist’s perspective on the human experience. I[n] Wonder gives the viewers a space to meditate on what it looks like to live in wonder.

"From tears of pearls to a sensory mural, I[n] Wonder incorporates a multiplicity of mediums, styles, and subjects. Each of these projects revolve around some sort of wonder and curiosity about the world, through topics ranging from childhood to connection."

(Front) Altar, Jiahong Li; (Back) Overwhelmed, De Tang.

Part I runs from Apr. 2–14, featuring works by Shuwen Cao, Jiahong Li, Charissa Mao, and De Tang.

Shuwen meditates on the profound interconnections between time, nature, and art. Through The River of Time, viewers are offered a sanctuary for reflection, a chance to pause in the midst of their bustling lives and ponder the personal significance of time and the beauty it beholds.

Jiahong Li explores the impact of technology, virtual worlds, and artificial intelligence on the human spirit through the use of an altar and digital design. His work seeks to ask or answer the question of what captures the empty inner world.

Charissa's work examines the destruction of the Yellow River by human beings, encouraging us to reflect on the great harm caused to the Yellow River by the endless demands of human activity. She uses pearls to show the tears of the Yellow River, a silent indictment of human behaviour.

Through abstract expression, De seeks not just to create a pure glimpse of beauty, but to offer a profound experience that challenges viewers to reflect on the essence of humanity and our place in nature. De Tang ponders the depths of human nature and its connection with the natural world.

(L) HER, Charissa Mao; (R) The River of Time, Shuwen Cao.

Part II runs from Apr. 18–28, featuring works by Abigail Broadhurst, Dominika Detweiler, Rebecca Knott, and Jingyi Zhang.

Abigail Broadhurst provides opportunities to play through her socially engaged work, consisting of three activities installed across Trinity Western University’s Langley campus that promote play and wellness. Broadhurst hopes to address the damaging glorification of burnout through this work and offer the campus opportunities to relax, connect, and simply play. 

Dominika Detweiler explores the construction and evolution of identity through looking at connection, culture, translation, and place. Her work has evolved through experimentation, by combining painting, sewing, photography, and animation.

Rebecca is creating a five panel mural that integrates design, painting, and sensory materials to cater to students with exceptionalities. Her goal is to explore the concept of inclusion and its connection to Jesus’ call in John 15:12 to "love others as I have loved you."

Jingyi Zhang fills her childhood void by recalling memories from her childhood. Her work takes the form of reinventing paper, audio, and storytelling.

 I Played Today!, Abigail Broadhurst

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