UICA Fresh Pick
The UICA Fresh Pick award is given annually to a member of KCAD’s graduating class who shows a high level of talent and potential. Eana Agopian, a 2016 graduate of the MFA Printmaking program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, has been chosen as this year’s Fresh Pick Award winner.
Fresh Pick Winner: Bohan Li
Bohan Li is an interdisciplinary artist from Grand Rapids, MI. Li's work is inspired by both real and imagined worlds and combines a variety of disciplines and mediums to create a multi-sensory experience.
More about Bohan Li can be found on his website.
Fresh Pick Winner: Eana Agopian
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.
Agopian’s solo exhibition will be on view at UICA April 8 - August 6, 2017. More about Eana Agopian can be found on her website.
Fresh Pick Winner: Lydia Boda
Lydia Boda is an artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan who’s work is rooted in memory and ritual. Boda’s meditative practice, itself a ritual, is paired with a deliberately complex and rigorous systematic process. This systematic process includes a strict set or rules for each material; her varied materials include paper, clay, wood, metal, and found objects. The resulting works are both a record of balancing between practice and process, and a collection of meticulous, ethereal sculptures and installations. More on Lydia Boda can be found on her website.