Artist in residence returns to begin phase two of year long interdisciplinary project

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 2/2/2018

Categories: Art English and Writing Theatre Arts University News


Saskia de Rooy, Carroll University's artist in residence for 2017-2018
Saskia de Rooy, Carroll's artist in residence for 2017-2018, has returned to Carroll to begin the second phase of (in)sight: a portrait project, a year-long interdisciplinary project aimed to demonstrate how the arts can help us build community while highlighting the faces and narratives of members in the Carroll community. The entire (in)sight project is supported in part by the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 

During her fall 2017 visit, Saskia started and completed her (un)abiding portrait series. As part of the series, Saskia created live sculptures of Carroll community members the week of September 25-29. For each of the five days, Saskia spent several hours in the lobby of the Campus Center sculpting the face of a model; the next day, that same piece of clay was used to create a new portrait. This was done to emphasize our common humanity despite surface differences.

This time around, Saskia assisted students enrolled in advanced level sculpting, drawing and painting classes as they began their very own semester long portrait projects. This phase of the project will bring together over 100 participants including the artists, models and student writers. It is worth noting that many of the models and artists are not art majors. As the artists complete their sculptures, drawings and paintings throughout the semester, first-year honor students enrolled in the writing seminar course will have the opportunity to interview the models. By the end of the project, viewers will be able to put a story behind each portrait; providing an opportunity to showcase Carroll's unique and diverse community. Amy Cropper, chair of the department of visual and performing arts, hopes that the participants and viewers will "start to see art as something that can facilitate community. "With this project, we are coming together and helping others slow down and meet new people," Cropper explained. Adding, "It's about the process, not the product."

The final phase of the project is scheduled to begin in late April, when Saskia will return to campus to assist in the presentation of the final exhibition that will display the work of students who spent the entire semester creating their own portrait projects along with the stories of each of the models being presented. The exhibition is scheduled to open in late April. 

Learn more about (in)sight: a portrait project.