To celebrate the
25th Anniversary of the Faculty of Fine Arts, a group of students have
organized an arts festival to present their work to the public. The festival,
which will feature 80 projects from all Fine Arts disciplines, runs from
March 5-16 at locations on and off campus.
Michael Farnan (ice sculpture): Michael Farnans snow sculptures
on the Loyola campus have attracted a lot of attention. Of course, working
outdoors may have some drawbacks his first sculpture, of three
people sculpting, was destroyed by a recent windstorm but Farnan
remained unfazed. I was really happy when I went to see my work
that Sunday [before] it was destroyed, he said, adding that his
true enjoyment comes from working with the material. Farnan will also
present a series of oil paintings he calls Walking in the Rain After 2000
Years of Christianity.
Abha Singh (art therapy): Art can reveal a lot about a person,
says Abha Singh, a second-year Masters student in Art Therapy. She
volunteers at the Montreal Childrens Hospital Psychiatry department.
Working with children who have been abused or who have behaviour problems,
she notices that, over time, what cannot be verbally expressed often finds
a voice through pictures. Its a method for them to cope or
release anxieties, she said. Singh and other students studying Art
Therapy will showcase a mural about their experiences in the department.
Nadine Faraj (ice-cube decorations): Nadine Faraj traces her penchant
to create multi-purpose art to her background in design. Design
art is all about functional art. Things should not only be beautiful,
but do good as well, she said. Take her decorative ice sculptures,
called Blessed Seeds, which dangle from the trees lining the passage to
the Vanier Library. On the surface, they are pretty ornaments, but as
the weather warms up and the ice melts, the ice will melt to reveal tingling
bells as an homage to the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall nearby; another
will release bean seeds onto the moist ground below which will hopefully
sprout in the spring.
David Stulberg (theatre piece): The stress of putting on a live show
is beginning to creep up on Film Studies student David Stulberg. His play,
The Forefathers Fiasco, is about three guys trying to determine
the best way to break up with someone in the most painless way possible
(for themselves, that is!). Stulberg acts as well as directs, and finds
it challenging to pull off both at the same time.
Youre in the process and you objectively evaluate other peoples
performances, but its a little difficult to evaluate your own,
he confessed. The Forefathers Fiasco will play at the D.B. Clarke
Theatre on March 7 at 8 p.m. and at Reggies on March 14, also at
Here are some of the places you can see and hear students work in
the Art Matters festival: the VAV Gallery and the hallway of the Visual
Arts Building, at René-Levesque Blvd.; the mezzanine, lobby and
seventh floor of the Henry F. Hall Building, plus the terrace outside
Java U and the walls and windows of Reggies Pub; the Guadagni Lounge
and The Hive at Loyola; and atrium of the McConnell Building (library