MCLA’s senior art majors collaborate to curate: Elemental Connections

Elemental Connection focuses on combining ideas, showcasing how each artist portrays connecting elements throughout their body of work. It is a manifestation of metaphors and conceptualizations to entice reflection and provoke thought within the audience. Each of these themes are further explored as the artists express their individual elements across a multitude of subject matter, conveying literal, figurative, and metaphorical connections within their bodies of work.

Kayleigh Brand uses illustration and the written word to explore fantasy as a means of escape and explanation.

Georgia Costigan paints expressionistic fish developed from memories, images, and her imagination. She creates her own unique underwater world based on her experiences in the sea.

Justine Curly alters her personal interpretations of her zodiac signs and reshapes them into modern surrealistic caricatures.

Aria Hatfield employs the elements of dot and line designs to connect and create bonds of meaning for herself and the viewer. The connections within her pieces represent the way people interact with one another and create stories in their own lives.

Marli LaGrone’s work captures inherent movements in the world to convey the passing of time and the intangibility of our emotions.

Amy Modesti uses her sky sign to preserve memories through the study of weekly horoscopes, digital photographs, and the creation of realistically altered paintings

Stephanie VanBramer’s paintings juxtapose words and images together that spark conversations, moments of reflection, and provoke thought from the viewer.

William Reymond’s artwork explores the element of fire, its geometric and captivating nature, and how it can contain a mysterious world where many things are possible.

Jessica Wheeler connects her memories, creating impressionistic, detailed, layered birch trees that showcase the textures in nature and represent elements of her past.

Elemental Connections opens on April 24, 2014, with a receptions from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m that is free and open to the public, and runs through May 25th. MCLA Gallery 51, a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to

Come see the show!