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Art and design student groups 
showcase social consciousness 


coming together gives each artist 
the opportunity to appreciate a dif¬ 
ferent perspective, which encour¬ 
ages their artistic growth. 

"It’s really important that artists 
and designers talk to each other and 
know each other. Artists are better 
artists when they are influenced by 
designers, and designers are better 
designers when they are influenced 
by artists," says Cara Seccafien, 
president of the Visual Arts Student 
Association. 

The theme of reset was initially 
introduced by the SDA, and was 
agreed upon because of its immense 
real world implications. Reset looks 
at the concept of breaking down 
everything in order to start again, 
which each of the 17 participating 
students have emphasized in their 
pieces. 

“It's really relevant to contempo¬ 
rary society because we are facing 
a unique time right now," Seccafien 
explains. “There's a lot of break¬ 
down of traditions and we're facing 
a lot of different crises, so we have 
to kind of rewire the way we think 


the design students made posters 
for their portion of the exhibit. But 
with only the medium as a common 
factor between each piece, the post¬ 
ers, distinguished by variations in 
colour, size and content, are vastly 
different from each other. The de¬ 
sign students also played with dif¬ 
ferent styles that used writing, pho¬ 
tography and abstract designs. 

The art students, on the other 
hand, present works that are in¬ 
credibly varied, and their section 
of the exhibit features sculptures, 
drawings, paintings and more. This 
made it clear that the general nature 
of the theme allows for students to 
maximize their creative potential 
with a medium of their choice. 

Not only does this pairing facili¬ 
tate a combustion of creativity, but 
it also fosters relationships and al¬ 
lows for the expansion of networks 
between the two groups. And with 
each participant in the exhibit cur¬ 
rently in their last semester of their 
undergrad degrees, Seccafien says 
that creating that foundation of 
support for post-graduation is more 


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Megan Hymanyk 

ARTS&CULIURE WRI1ER 


Society is constantly changing and 
adapting, and two U of A art and 
design student groups have some¬ 
thing to say about it In their second 
annual student exhibition, the uni¬ 
versity's Visual Arts Student Asso¬ 
ciation and Student Design Associa¬ 
tion have joined forces to create an 
interdisciplinary collaboration that 
speaks to the societal development 
of the world. 

The exhibit, centred on the theme 
of reset, combines the creative ef¬ 
forts of these two groups to create 
an unconventional display that 
features a contrast between art stu- 




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dents' work — fine art projects with 
ageless mediums — and design stu¬ 
dents' creations, which often incor¬ 
porate new technology. 

But despite the differences be¬ 
tween the two programs, this 


about everything in order to come important than ever. 


up with creative solutions. It's this 
idea of ‘let's start from the begin¬ 
ning again and start with a new 
blueprint.' ” 

In order to express these ideas, 


“By collaborating with (each oth¬ 
er now), we hope to make those con- 
nectionsstrongerso that when we're 
professional artists and designers, 
we still have that connection." 


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