Senior Thesis at Wesleyan

We spent last week up in Middletown CT for a few days to attend Jessica's senior thesis presentation.  There were four weeks of thesis installations.  Each week there were about 4-6 projects installed from different seniors.  Jessica had the last week.  She was one of six.  Each of these installations were truly amazing.  Each body of work was impressive. 

Jessica spent the past 9 months traveling all around the east coast shooting impersonators.  She found them, hired them, drove to their homes or places of business and created the environment she was looking for.  Then she had them pose for her in what she visioned each piece to be.  That is only step one.  Then the photos have to be printed and fixed on photoshop (taking out the dust, the shadows that are not needed, the wire that randomly showed up, or the need to stitch a few photographers into one to create the right shot).  She had to narrow down which ones would be presented in the installation.  Get each of those photos framed and then hang her show.  The artist, the curator and the gallerist all into one. 

Jessica took her first photography class in 3rd grade.  Her high school gave her the ability to continue with photography the entire time she was there as there is a real focus on the arts at LREI.  She found something she is passionate about and something she has an incredible talent for.  I was blown away when I saw the installation as there were just a few of the photos she did not share with me.  She wanted me to have some surprises. 

Certainly not surprising to any one in my family I got very emotional when I saw the show.  My photos do not do hers justice but I did capture a few just to share.  I am sure Jessica will put them up on her site when graduation is over and she can take a step back and truly take in what she has created and certainly achieved. 

From the top is Snoop Dog, Cher, Albert Einstein, Obama and Batman and Robin.  I believe all and all there were more than 20 photos in the show and that was about 40% of the body of the work she took.

Here are the other seniors who were in the show.  This particular woman, Alahna Watson, did self-portraits of herself.  She must have been from the south.  Each pencil drawing was a different person but with her face.  The large piece of fried chicken was amazing.

This guy, Adam Forbes, was a math major who did analytics on Google as to what each of our value was to the company.  He did an art thesis on his work which is awesome.  He also got a job to start at Google this fall.

These were beautiful paintings of the inside of Versaille from a young woman, Arin Dineen.

Large creative paintings of men breaking things.  The series is called Build by Kevin Brisco

All and all and impressive show. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    Congrats proud mom!

    1. Gotham Gal

      very proud

  2. Marjan Ghara

    How fabulously creative. Do they sell the art?

    1. Gotham Gal

      I am sure each kid does. I didn’t ask because it was their moment but trust me I wanted to buy something from everyone of them.

  3. PJN

    Beautiful photos – but I don’t think that top photo is Snoop Dog!

    1. Gotham Gal

      yes it is!

      1. Cam MacRae

        We’re seeing Norma Jeane.

      2. Cynthia Schames

        Hahah…we see Marilyn.

  4. flincing

    wow! Really: congrats to mom and all the students. Be sure to let your readers know when she posts them on her site (with prices!).

  5. William Mougayar

    Wow. So expressive.

  6. ag

    Incredible work

  7. pixiedust8

    Those are all really beautiful. You have a very talented daughter!

  8. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Love it. Art is important.

  9. Susan Rubinsky

    These are great! Is the installation still up at Wesleyan? That’s only about 40 minutes from me. Maybe a nice weekend trip if it’s still up.

  10. Cam MacRae

    Amazing. You should be very proud.

  11. CCjudy

    She has talent and the passion from her parents and its her unique talent and specialty area

  12. Cecelia Feld

    Her creativity shines!

  13. daryn

    Impressive work by all of the artists. Love Jessica’s photos!

  14. Cynthia Schames

    Absolutely amazing talents–you must be SO proud! And here I am crowing over finger-painted volcanoes 😉

  15. takingpitches

    Impressive Artists Wesleyan is incubating. I hope some or all of these talented students continue to pursue in some way going forward.

  16. Jill Stern

    congrats for raising an artist!

  17. DebraEllenGlickstein

    Congratulations to you and your daughter. Wesleyan is a very special place for sure.