Every year, the College of Saint Elizabeth senior art majors displayed their best works in an open-to-the-public art exhibition in the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in Annunciation Center. Since the beginning of their journey as art majors, they have been preparing for this event. The four artists, Missy Mihalkal, Tomomi Tajiri, Elizabeth Lawler, and Myuki Aso, presented their finest paintings, sculptures and sketches to the CSE community.
The art pieces were diverse and stylistically different as the people who created them. Mihalkal created globes that depicted her view on the world and a student’s Powerpoint presentation of a story she dedicated to Dr. Gina Santamaria. The presentation depicted the relationship between numbers and colors, due to Mihalkal’s synesthesia, a neurological abnormality in which sounds create color. The condition is an overlapping or joining of senses. Aso’s pieces uncovered sights she sees in her daily life that inspire her, such as an oil painting of the bridge in Central Park, which resembled Monet’s impressionist style, Aso’s favorite technique.
Lawler included some sketches done in pencil and pen, but changed her approach by creating a realistic cake on Adobe Photoshop that looked good enough to eat. Tajiri compared the surroundings she saw in the United States to what she sees in her native Japan. “There are a lot more trees and nature all around than where I’m from,” she said.