With art pieces focusing on the push and pull of dependent and independent relationships, artists Cassandra Carr and Julie Fiveash will be featured in an upcoming art exhibit held through the Yuma Fine Arts Association.
Both Yuma natives, the duo graduated from Cibola High School in 2009. Carr recently earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Fiveash recently graduated from Dartmouth College majoring in Studio Art and minoring in English.
The opening reception for the exhibit, which will feature prints, paintings and sculptures, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main St. The exhibit will be open until Oct. 3.
Carr shared that her pieces challenge the functionality between people by merging their bodies into one form, while Fiveash said that she simplifies the human figure in her art into the form of a ghost.
"We both created artwork that held a type of opposition. Cassandra defines people by their associations and interactions with others. She is interested in discovering the dependencies between people whether they have positive or negative relationships with someone," said Fiveash. She added that her own art examines the lack of relationships, the absence of people and the self-examination that occurs when one doesn't have a personal relationship.
Carr said that she initially got interested in print making because of the various stages prints go through between drawing, etching and printing before reaching a final product; something that allows her more time to think about the images she creates.
Fiveash said that while she creates pieces in a number of different mediums, she is more comfortable working with 2D mediums. She said that she plans to become more acquainted with making 3D objects because she enjoys the amount of work she's had to employ to create them.
During the artists' time at Cibola, they both noted that they also had pieces featured at the Yuma Art Center during their senior year in Holly Hendricks' AP Studio Art course.
Carr said of the upcoming event, "We just want lots of people to come and have a good time. If you've never been to an art opening, this reception will be very inviting and you'll get to meet artists who are from Yuma. Julie and I left Yuma to further our education but we want to stay connected with the community here and this show is more for you all than for us. In addition, there's a lot of different and exciting work showing in the other galleries at the center: photography, clay and wooden sculpture, book arts, performance art and paintings."
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