Others wanted to express a piece of themselves.
College students gathered Wednesday afternoon to listen as the artists told how and why they created their works of art.
This was the opening of the faculty art display inside the Simon Michael Art Gallery at Coastal Bend College.
Hanging on the wall of the gallery is a painting of the Last Supper.
Luis Pena, who painted this piece, said, “For me to draw these drawings is part of my life and intentions of my soul... This is how life has treated me, what it has offered me in return for what I have to give to society.
“I also like to draw the histories or events of the lives of certain people and to create natural images derived through the power of the mind, to capture some events pertaining to their lives, something that has happened during their lifetime,” he said in his artist statement.
Against one far wall is a plain white podium. Sitting atop it is a platter holding grapes and a white figurine of a shark. Above it is a trifolding board painted with similar images of sharks and flowing ribbons. The piece is titled “Shark Altarpiece I.”
Claudia Quintero, who created this piece, said it isn’t always what fills space but the emptiness that surrounds it that matters.
“In recent works, I have examined aspects of the presence and/or absence of an object or figure in a ‘space’ and the interactions of those figures within that space as a central concern,” she said. “Using things such as childhood imagery and toys as my subjects, I feel I can address some of those blank spaces and the possible comfortable substitutions that might be used.”
On the floor in one corner of the gallery sits a seesaw. Attached to it are decorations, such as what could be a portion of round table leg. Each item is something the artist found.
Fulden Sara-Wissinger, who created this piece, said in her artist statement that she fuses “together visual elements that have opposing qualities thus creating harmony out of dissonance.”
With a heritage that is both Byzantine and Seljuk-Ottoman, Sara-Wissinger learned to appreciate the differences and similarities in other cultures.
“Living in one of the world’s most exotic cultural crossroads created in me a delight for such diversity and a hunger to venture into the world to experience even more.”
Growing up in Istanbul, Sara-Wissinger, remembers fondly walking through the bazaars with her parents.
“I became swept up in the sensual soup of sights, smells and sounds — a magical world far removed from my seven-story perch,” she said.
“It has taken quite some time and living half a world away for me to realize just how profoundly this dichotomy has shaped me.”
These are not the only artists whose work is on display. This is only a sample.
The showing will remain open until Oct. 8.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.