Wartburg artists Lauren Matysik and Wanqi Sun had work chosen for display at the ArtHaus Gallery Emerging Artists’ Exhibition in Decorah.
The art students submitted pieces of their work before Winter Break. The entries at the show were chosen after a competitive selection process.
Each student submitted multiple entries.
“I was excited when I heard that my photograph was selected,” Matysik said. “The fact that I’m going to have my work out in public is pretty cool.”
Matysik said she does not normally like to have her work out in the open, especially after the vandalism that took place in Luther Hall. However, she said she thinks it is exciting to have her photograph on display outside Wartburg’s campus.
Matysik’s photograph was part of a series that emphasizes parts of the body people feel insecure about. She said she wanted to show how other people don’t usually notice what makes a person self-conscious.
The photo in the ArtHaus exhibit is one Matysik took of the top of her chest and shoulders. She calls it ‘Goosebumps.’
“I have naturally goosebumpy skin and it’s always been something I’ve been conscious of. I like to take something that is so big and blatant to you and make people realize how small it is. That’s what I’m trying to get across,” Matysik said.
Matysik said she was surprised her photograph was chosen, because so many other talented Wartburg students submitted work.
“I was almost rooting for them more than myself because they had such great art,” Matysik said.
Matysik also entered other work that was not selected.
Sun’s featured entry is an oil painting she made of her friends. She took a photograph of them on top of a skyscraper in Chicago and painted from that image.
Sun said the background of the painting is an overview of Chicago, which made it difficult to capture all the details. However, she did her best because the painting had her best friend in it.
She said she was surprised when she heard the painting was selected for the Emerging Artists’ Exhibition, because she thought her painting of her mother that she entered would be chosen.
Sun said the painting of her mother was smaller than the painting of Chicago, so that might be why it was not selected.
Sun says she has always been interested in art and hopes to be involved with art in the future.
Matysik and Sun learned about the art show from their art advisor, Barbara Fedeler. Matysik said Fedeler encouraged multiple Wartburg students to submit work to the show.
Matysik’s photograph and Sun’s painting are on display in Decorah alongside artwork from other college-aged students.
The opening reception for the Emerging Artists’ Exhibition was April 4.