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About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.
About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.
About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. The space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives.
Need to relax as you finish your papers and projects? Thinking about the winter break? Check out what Mason Libraries has for you:
- Watch Oscar winning independent films, such as Twilight Samurai or The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
- Stream a variety of documentaries and social issue films on Docuseek
- Kick back with one of the 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in Gateway Library
- Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folk songs by Bob Dylan in Music Online: American Music.
- Choose a classic Mozart symphony, holiday music from a dozen countries around the world, or one of the 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more – available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
Mason Libraries’ online resources are available 24/7 – free – for all Mason faculty, students, and staff. For more information or more choices, browse our A-Z list or subject collections of online resources. Enjoy your break – short or long!
Gatway Library is hosting De-Stress@The Library on December 7 from 3-7 p.m.Stop by for some Lego-ing and art therapy. Free! Fun! Relaxation and refreshments are yours to enjoy as you prepare for Final Exams. For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu