Alexis Powers is a studio art major at Longwood University. Her work invites the viewer to get closer to find the hidden meaning and is intended to leave us wanting more.
"My goal as an artist is to interest the viewer enough for them to get closer to the piece and find the hidden aspects within them. Whether that be secret words hidden within the scribble marks that I use or fragmented portraits that get lost in a collage of many different materials. This piece is inspired by abstract expressionism because of the chaotic marks and deeper meanings you can find within art created in that specific movement. I also take inspiration from Russel Craig because he creates works that focus on helping people in the prison system and spreading awareness to the hardships these people face. I want people to see how the labels they give to these individuals impact their recovery and how society views them. They are left searching through the mess and starting from scratch with only the things they had while incarcerated. This piece represents what they are left with and should leave the viewer wanting to know more."
Point of Departure is on view until May 31.