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NIU Center for Burma Studies presents online exhibition “Looking At Women in Contemporary Burma”

NIU Center for Burma Studies presents online exhibition “Looking At Women in Contemporary Burma”

The Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University has launched an online exhibition, “Looking At Women in Contemporary Burma.” It focuses on the evolving portrayal of Burmese women as depicted today by Myanmar artists reflects a politico-cultural milieu in transition between tradition and modernity. After some fifty years under military rule, extreme censorship, and isolation, Burma —also called Myanmar— a vibrant artistic scene has emerged welcoming a new era under the leadership of an iconic womanly figure; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: current State Counselor of Myanmar, and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. (more…)

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Ethan Deboer

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Ethan Deboer

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Ethan Deboer, BFA in Time Arts
www.ethandeboer.com

Artist Statement:
“My work is made up of characters in the form of character model sheets, action poses, and hand-drawn animations. The designs and actions represented visually convey to the audience what their personality or story are. How a character looks and acts in a still image can say a lot about who they are as characters. It is important to me that the characters’ personality is able to be conveyed in any drawing or animation that I make.

“My first inspiration for a story often comes from the desire to make a point or lesson either from my own life experiences or the desire to subvert a cliche or concept that I have seen in other media. Other times it is just to make people laugh. Either way, I make the characters to service that story idea, and spend a lot of time designing what they look like before I settle on something. I mainly use pencil and pen on sketch paper, but I will sometimes use a drawing tablet with Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint to draw and color the characters. I also use Adobe Animate CC to put those characters in motion.

“When done correctly, a dramatic piece of fiction can make a comedic moment more effective and a comedic piece of fiction can make a dramatic moment more effective. I always try to achieve that with my own art and storytelling. I am influenced mostly by animated shows or movies that have world building, make someone laugh, or are satirical. No matter if a drawing is good or bad, what matters most to me is that there is a story behind it.”

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Daniel Ortiz

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Daniel Ortiz

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Daniel Ortiz, BFA in Illustration
Danielortizillustration.com

Artist Statement
“My mission as an artist is to show a narrative that, at some point in time, we have all experienced or will experience. My work plays with the ideas of joy, beauty, family, and culture. Heavily influenced by the past, I explore warm moral values that have been fading in modern society. I strive to draw out intrigue and beauty of mundane moments and simple aspects of life. At its core, my art is an idealization of the human experience.”

Artist Biography
Daniel Ortiz was born in 1995 in Puruandiro, Michoacan, Mexico. Ortiz has already been included in various important exhibitions including Waubonsee Art Gallery in Sugar Grove, Ill. and Northern Illinois University College of Business in DeKalb, Illinois. Ortiz is the recipient of the Drinklings Moving Image Award Scholarship and has been accepted into the 2020 Society of Illustrators Student Competition in New York City. Ortiz Currently works in Aurora.

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