Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art proudly present Student Invitational, the annual juried exhibition featuring Chaffey College student artists. In this rigorous program, the selected artists work closely with faculty, the museum curators and staff, and other art professionals to create a new body of work.
Student Invitational 2022
In the Comfort of Creatures is a love letter to the horror genre, the very thing that
I have ironically found comfort in. Each work draws inspiration from iconic horror
movie posters from the early creature flicks of the 1940s-50s (Vintage), to the eccentric
1980s (Retro), and the modern horror of today (Modern). Although the characters featured
in real posters look uncomfortable and terrified, I reimagine them as if they find
pleasure in their contact with the creatures.
The two paintings in the exhibition were inspired by a trip to New York City a few years ago. The first canvas, Cityscape, seeks to capture the feeling I had walking around the city. My second painting, Underground, depicts an imaginary ancient city set in a cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and a stream flowing through it. For this project, I challenged myself to explore different types of perspective drawing, using both one-point and two-point perspectives. In addition, I experimented with two materials that I have never used before: acrylic paint and tissue paper.
Holzbläser-Duett im Herbst [Woodwind Duet in Autumn] depicts a brown bear playing
the accordion alongside a raccoon with a clarinet near a creek. Streichtrio im Winter
[String Trio in Winter] presents a red deer with an upright bass, a mountain hare
with a mandolin, and a red fox with a fiddle in the mountain peaks. Blechbläser-Duo
im Frühling [Brass Duo in Spring] shows two marmots with alpenhorns on a rocky mountainside.
I create characters because the process helps me to feel a sense of control over or
connection with the world around me. The work shown in this exhibition showcases characters
from my original story, Abnormality, which has been in development since my childhood.
Modeled after tarot cards, each print offers a concise snapshot of a single character
and serves as a window into their complex storyline. These characters are my life’s
work, so seeing them fully developed and on display for the public is a dream come
true. I hope audiences can see themselves in the characters – whether in terms of
personality, attitude, style, or even story – just as I did when creating them.
My work Peace of Mind is a scale model of a peaceful, joyful scene based on a combination
of city and national parks. Repurposing found objects into sculptures is both soothing
to me and friendly to the environment.
Inner Landscapes is a collection of fifty one-foot square tiles made over the course of about fifty days. During this period, I have made it a daily practice to fabricate, design, or glaze a ceramic tile with the goal of creating one tile for each day. It is a form of disciplined physical and mental exercise, much like the training I did the year before that led me to lose seventy pounds in two months. It represents my struggles to stay consistent with healthy habits and my own dedication to being a creator.
Evelin Gonzalez Padilla
Wars are something that I often reflect on in my everyday existence. Now that we are
in the middle of another war, it felt natural to focus my project on this topic. World
at War is one of the ways I am attempting to make sense of the chaotic world. It is
both a realistic representation of our tragic history and also an idealistic plea
for positive change.
Home is a culmination of my fascination with miniatures and my love of clay. These
two environments are small-scale representations of my studio and my bedroom. By presenting
these miniature spaces to you, you gain access to my most private environments. Perhaps
you will allow these environments to comfort you the way that they have comforted
me all these years.
Headspace is a collection of drawings made using black ink and a sumi brush. Ink is
a new medium for me, so my approach to this body of work is extremely experimental,
making the process just as important as the finished work. Through trial and error,
I discovered that ink has a strong way of communicating emotionally through the versatility
of its marks, which are endlessly variable depending on the dryness of the brush,
the pace at which you move your hand, and the amount of pressure you apply to the
surface. I had to learn how to manipulate the brush and ink to capture a feeling on
Ruby Van Den Broek
Grounded addresses the relationship between humans and nature. The figures in the
work fully embrace the earth, seeking to become one with it literally and figuratively.
Each figure represents humans and our connection to the earth and the desire to become
more connected with nature. Each figure is going through a transitional process in
their next step in life. Whether that is death or birth, they graciously embrace that
Virtual Reception & Walk-Through
Student Invitational 2021
babyparts, Digital Remains, TRT: 00:42
Dez DLT, The Visitor, TRT: 01:46
Nicholas Del Rosario, Ephemeral, TRT: 00:18
Zack Gibson, Memento Assemblage, TRT: 00:45
What would you like to happen with your social media profile when you die?
As a young Black man that experiences the division between different ethnicities and cultures in America in real life and in the media, I feel driven to create work that expresses my desire for people to show more unity and love.
The Visitor is a short claymation inspired by the cabin fever of the early days of quarantine. Although I’ve always known I was an introvert, COVID-19 restrictions have made me realize that I enjoyed socializing much more than I had thought. Like the character in The Visitor, I find myself ingesting brain numbing content in the privacy of my studio and avoiding the dangers of the outside world. This work aims to mimic the monotony of the past year; it emphasizes the slow and unnerving passage of time, questions the safety of the present, and expresses uncertainty of the future. Aside from recording a personal experience, The Visitor is my addition to the ever-growing black hole of brain-numbing content that we can all distract ourselves with when reality is a little bit too scary.
Nicholas Del Rosario
My piece is a tribute to the victims of this virus that had their livelihoods shortened as a result of negligent actions from the American government and the general populous. Every person who chooses not to wear a mask, not to quarantine, and not to follow government mandated regulations and guidelines were responsible for a digit at the end of this receipt. All life is temporary. People will continue to die, regardless of whether there is a pandemic, but to gamble with a life that is not one’s own is reprehensible. Every number on the death toll is more than just a statistical number; it is a life that shouldn’t have been taken for granted. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for the 2,886,586 individuals who don’t get a second chance.
In mid-2020, I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, a disorder that caused the left side of my face to be temporarily paralyzed. After weeks of recovery, I still suffered from lingering side effects of burning sensations and sharp pains pulsating underneath my skin. This painting is a reminder to myself that I’m not as weak as I think I am. In fact, I chose to make Self-Portrait on a 24 x 30 inch canvas as a chance to document the difficult and terrifying experience. In sharing my experience, perhaps I can bring some awareness to this disorder.
In the piece Idea/Identity, I wanted to honor the countless innocent men, women and children who’ve lost lives, homes and livelihoods in the current and ongoing conflicts that are happening all over my home country, Ethiopia.
All human relationships, whether they are platonic, romantic, or familial, will come to an end. As our relationships die, so do past versions of ourselves. I struggle to accept the fact that nothing is forever, and I want to reflect that in my art. My piece Memento Assemblage is a documentation of my expired relationships. This piece suggests that death, both metaphorically and literally, is inevitable for everyone and everything.
André José Holguin
Through the frames of a photograph, and deciding what to include and what to exclude, I can create a scene for viewers to ponder. The idea that I can make people fixate on something by framing it in a photograph interests me, and hence why I have chosen it as a chief concern for my project. I am drawn toward the sense of a calming human presence in these images - this sense that someone is there or has been there - and how it is communicated without the clear visible presence of any human being.
As I work to understand the world around me, I have begun with the process of self-reflection. I wanted to add to the conversation of self-acceptance, and through using mirrors as a medium I encourage the process of self-reflection as a participatory event. With primary colors as my palette and emphasis on prominent parts of my body, I root my message in the theme of the fundamentals, and invite contemplation over how you define your fundamental self in the process.
C. M. Lee
What kind of people are needed to make society function? What is the role of individuals in a larger society? These model-sized sculptures suggest how individuals with different perspectives might collaborate in a balancing act to sustain their fabricated community.
Christy Anne Mora
I use art to keep the past from stealing my future. In my exploration of different types of art, I discovered my passion for making sculptures out of interesting materials. I started out with clay and expanded into multiple mediums including paint, recycled and manufactured materials, and anything I could get my hands on. For me, it is a freeing experience to play with different materials and to manipulate them to express my point of view.
Marie Amanda Nickey
The set of eight posters presents four main characters and four central locations from my original novel Commission War. Begun thirteen years ago, Commission War tells the story of two opposing World War I spies involved in a world chase and race against time. Through the use of a time machine, they accidentally involve two teenagers from the present, who also join their cause and chase.
Alexus Elaine Raisty
My art is inspired by the nightmares of my own dark, twisted childhood. It is like me; it is cute until you see what is underneath - the dark truth of trauma and the ugly judgment I feel from the world. I use its adorability like candy as a deliberate tactic to lure in viewers. Though the images are cute, chibi-style, anime characters, they are not meant to be merely attractive, but also political so they can bluntly confront and address the horrific pain of physical, verbal and sexual abuse. I feel that the world we live in needs to start protecting children, not the abusers. I hope that this work inspires you to advocate for children by supporting the #MeToo movement, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) and other organizations that stand up against child abuse.