"Recent Work" by Sequoia Collier-Hezel
Sequoia is a Junior Art Major who recently was part of the University's Summer Scholars Program. He completed the body of work in this exhibit under the tutelage of Professor Steve Cope.
Here are some samples. Please come and see the rest of the exhibit! The Gallery is open Mon - Fri 9 am - 7 pm.
Description by Michele Manning, Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant
As a university which seeks to foster and cultivate both individual and advised workmanship, Saint Joseph’s University developed the Summer Scholars Program, a program aimed at providing support for currently enrolled undergraduates who wish to engage in their selected course of study throughout the summer months. Launched in 2006, the Summer Scholars Program enrolls approximately 70 students and affords them a financial stipend with which to pursue their approved projects. For the duration of twelve weeks, selected students engage closely with their chosen mentors in an effort to fashion and refine their original works. The exhibition which stands before you is an example of such a project.
In late May, junior class man, Sequoia Collier- Hezel, began work on his proposed fine arts project. Beginning his project with an intention to perfect his drawing technique, Sequoia states that he first worked with solving bigger problems, opting to work with larger canvas sizes in an effort to create realistic drawings. The subject matter of these drawings originated from stock photographs that he had accumulated and helped to enrich his technical skills. After generating a number of works, Sequoia set aside a small period of time to travel and properly reflect on his work, during which time he sparked an inspiration that would alter the course of his summer scholars project. Once he arrived back in the studio, Sequoia began investigating the duality between color and black and white by introducing colorful cartoon characters into his realistic drawings. He gleefully remarked that it was at the time he incorporated the figures that he “stopped drawing and started making art”. While all the characters are variations upon a theme, they stand individual in themselves, seemingly renegading the black and white composite image and revolutionizing it into a imaginative story.
Sequoia’s works expertly integrate the mediums of charcoal, pencil, and pastel. Varying in size from 18x24 inches to 4x6 feet, the pieces immediately engage and demand the viewer’s attention, casting them into a surrealist-like world. As a whole Sequoia’s works evolved greatly throughout the summer season due to both his determined work ethic and the advising of Professor Stephen Cope, resulting in the creation of a collection of colorful and narrative pieces seeking to capture the likes of your imagination.