Cameron art student honored with first solo exhibit

Artwork by Cameron University art student Rebecca Dierickx-Taylor will be featured in a solo exhibit at Lawton’s Leslie Powell Gallery. The show, “Turbulence,” will run from Saturday, May 14 through Thursday, June 30. A opening night reception will take place from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on May 14. The Leslie Powell Gallery is located at 620 SW D Avenue.

photo of sculpture“It didn’t take me long to realize that Becky is a ‘once in a lifetime’ student whose character, strengths and qualities will carry her far,” says Edna McMillan, Chair, Department of Art. “Responsible, reliable, consistent, analytical, focused and motivated are words I would use to describe Becky. She is a highly intelligent woman with vision who has given careful thought and consideration to her art education and professional goals. Becky has achieved a good measure of success professionally and has also realized many personal goals since pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. It has been a pleasure to teach Becky Taylor. We are honored to have her represent the Cameron Department of Art.”

“The first solo exhibition is a big step in an artist’s career,” says Dierickx-Taylor. “I am excited that the Leslie Powell Gallery has provided this opportunity, and I look forward to a long relationship with the gallery.”

The exhibit will include paintings, prints, and sculptures created during the last two years that deal with turbulence; either external or internal.

Dierickx-Taylor,  a senior from Lawton, drew inspiration from tornados for the prints that she has selected for exhibition.

“Tornados are very intriguing because of their unpredictability and their paradoxical nature,” she says. “The powerful sensual softness of the clouds that swirl in a circular motion as if dancing across the sky are hypnotic in their appeal, yet their beauty is only a façade for chaos and destruction.”

The figurative wax sculptures on display are a visual representation of helplessness and emotional chaos. They will be cast in bronze at a later date.

“Regardless of medium or influence, my work is how I view the world,” says Dierickx-Taylor. “It represents the stability I aspire to but can never quite achieve with the turmoil of life.”

Dierickx-Taylor’s artwork has been selected for inclusion in seven national  juried competitions, including the Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial, the Rio Brazos Art Exhibition: 14th Annual Juried Show, and the Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition.

The Iowa native will graduate in May. She plans to pursue a career as a working artist, creating artwork in different media for galleries and juried exhibitions.

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May 3, 2011

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