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Fall 2012
Art Department –
Donise English
Feathers may not be the first things that come to mind when
you hear the phrase “artistic expression.’’
Yet, a unique wire and feather mask created by student
Christina Ayson, ’14, is not only a representation of how a
Marist student sees herself, but an example of the successful
changes in the required “Fundamentals of Art and Design I’’
class, said Donise English, chair of the Department of Art and
Art History.
Down the hall from her office, some students are working
in a digital art studio while others sit with sketch pads near a
stack of easels. A giant piece of plastic fruit sits atop a shelf and
near the faucets, a sign commands young artists to “clean your
Because of changes in the basic art class, freshmen produce
several projects that show three aspects of their lives: Who I
am; what others think of me; and family history.
The projects encourage creativity through self-expression,
said English, adding that the course changes helped students
get to know each other as well.
Students are critiqued on their creativity, “and did they care
about what they were doing,’’ said English, adding that the
results have been “amazing.’’ Besides masks, other creations
included photo collages, books and even a chair.
As well, professors from all segments without the pro-
gram visit the classes and introduce students to their various
Ayson, who took the class as a junior after she transferred to
Marist, said the wire and feathers in her mask represented the
contrasts in her personality.
“As the person wearing the mask I wanted to show that
despite being a strong, dedicated and intelligent woman, I am
also fragile. The feathers represents this delicacy, but the fact
that it is made out of wire shows strength,’’ said Ayson, an art
history major and studio art minor.
“It allowed us to freely explore these projects and stretched
our boundaries at times. The Fundamentals class is a great class
to start exploring oneself as an art student.’’
English believes the changes in the “Fundamentals” class
create a new experience for the students who take it.
“It’s much more intensive,’’ said English of the changes in
the “Fundamentals’’ class. “ It steps up what you do’’ very early
Christina Ayson, ’14, wearing
her feather mask, created in the
Fundamentals class.
Kali Vozeh, ’15, and her final project, an elephant chair.
The feather mask, constructed
of feather and wire.
Catherine Dambruch, ’15, created this
self-portrait mask to represent her
love for playing the viola.
Arther Chen, ’15, in the U.S for
his first semester, created this