About Fresh Pick:
The UICA Fresh pick solo exhibition award recognizes an emerging artist of exceptional promise, and is awarded annually to one student in the graduating class of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Eana Agopian, a graduate of the Master of Fine Art program from the Printmaking department, has been honored with the 2016 award. Interlace, an exhibition of her new works, will be on view from April 8 - August 6, 2017.
Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian: Interlace
Inspired by the progressive and transformational nature of the creative process, this work draws upon themes of alchemy, psychology, and various modes of sensual perception to explore realms of the unknown. Allowing the materials and processes to guide the creation, a great depth of insight into the unseen aspects of the mind can be revealed, as if creating a new philosophy; illustrating visually that which cannot be explained through written language or science. Delving into underwater realms and the flexible nature of time and space, this work explores the mysteries of the world as illustrated by nature guides and encyclopedia diagrams. Removed from their original context, these images allow us to question what we know in our hearts and minds to be true, challenging them against the things we have been told to believe.
About the Artist
Eana Agopian is a visual artist and printmaker based in Southwest Michigan. She studied art education and fine art photography at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art, followed by a seven-year stint organizing art, music and food-related events in Kalamazoo, Michigan’s vibrant cultural scene. While studying photography and alternative darkroom processes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, her interest in light-based image capture shifted from photography to printmaking, and in 2016 she earned her MFA in Printmaking from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Her thesis exhibition, titled, Occultation: Conceal/Reveal received the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts “Fresh Pick Award” for 2016. In addition to printmaking, she continues to work in multi-media collage and embroidery. More on Eana Agopian can be found at http://www.eanaappleagopian.com.
Agopian’s solo exhibition will be on view at UICA April 8 - August 6, 2017. Join us for the Opening Reception happening April 08, 2017.