Emerging Artists Showcase, Spring 2022

This ongoing exhibit showcases paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photography of art students attending Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, and Whitman College.

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Phoebe S. Hughes, Cal Poly Humboldt

“When we’re young, we’re closer to the ground. We splash in puddles and bring home pretty leaves, snail shells, and pockets and pockets of smooth rocks. As we age, we grow further from the ground, and we bring home homework, debt, and a motley of responsibilities. It’s important to duck back below the undergrowth every once in a while, to remind ourselves that it’s all still here. Take a break, it’s okay.”

Art Wardynski, Cal Poly Humboldt

Art Wardynski is a digital illustrationist who enjoys working with creating narratives and characters. They draw great inspiration from Studio Ghibli, Avatar the Last Airbender, and various graphic novels.

Kaitlin Mottershead, College of the Redwoods

Everything I choose to create has been articulated with a great level of intensity- whether it’s color, texture or subject matter, bland is not something that interests me. ” 

Karley Rojas, Cal Poly Humboldt

Karley Rojas (they/them/elle) is a queer, latinx multimedia artist and ethnobotanist. Their work is deeply rooted in magic realism/surrealism; their subject of focus is the interconnectivity between humans and more-than-human relatives and the natural world.  Featured work this month is part of the ‘Trans Landscapes’ series- a self-portraiture series that challenges Western colonial ‘othering’ of trans-ness and naturalizes body as a resplendent part of the natural world.

Karley Rojas (they/them/elle) es une artista de multimedia y etnobotánice queer y latine.  Su trabajo tiene raíces profundos en el realismo mágico/surrealismo; su foco y tema es la interconeción entre seres humanos y relativos más-que-humanos y el mundo natural. Presenta’o este mes is una parte del serie ‘Trans Landscapes’, un serie de autorretratos que impugna al concepto colonial de ‘hacer otro’ las personas trans. Naturaliza el cuerpo como una parte resplandeciente del mundo natural.


Sheala Dunlap

In my artistic process, I convey emotive responses to environmental and social concerns related to post-colonialism in western civilization from a mixed indigenous perspective. I do this by evoking animal spirit symbolism to empower femininity with protective energy. My cathartic release comes from the execution of intensely rendering, fabricating, and assembling. The action of construction and deconstruction is a test of searching for balance and recognition of value at its core.

I make molds and sketches of intimate connections, capturing the impermanence of the fleeting moment that connects us to our environment and each other. The embodiment of intuitive elements results in a surreal form with an apotropaic appearance that acknowledges the duality of darkness while striving for the light. With the immortalizing quality of archival materials, a new eternal mythos is born.

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