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1994 - 2004

Rachel O'Neal

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994 - 2004

Rachel O'Neal

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

Vanessa AlburyA. Bills-LeviGayle BrookerLisa ChouMargaret ClarkeT. DavidsonSteven DavisJohn DuckworthMeghan HenleyKrist MillsSue MurrayDorothy NetherlandsRachel O’NealLarissa PatelLynn PattersonMatt SmithsonJonathan Walsh

To create an exhibit drawn from works by Studio Art graduates may seem to be a daunting task; faced with so many choices, the result could become merely arbitrary or too disparate to cohere as an exhibition. But in fact, my experience was quite the contrary. All artists have at least one thing in common—they all have influences. And for all of these artists, one of their most influential experiences was the time they spent as Studio Art students at the College of Charleston.

In this exhibit, I see the influences as well as the individual accomplishments of artists who studied here at the College. Whether faintly or pronounced, the impressions of their Studio Art professors resonate in these works. The goal, however, of myself and Dr. Marian Mazzone was to choose a select group of Studio Art alumni whose works have continued to develop, becoming their own unique creations and contributions. By limiting the selection to Studio Art graduates of the past ten years, we were able to look at the work of artists who are still developing their sense of “self” in the art world, while also still having some identity with the College.

Rachel O'Neal

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994 - 2004
ARTIST STATEMENT

 I graduated from the College of Charleston in 1998. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. Since that time, I have been an art teacher in the public school system. I worked for the State of South Carolina for five years in Hampton County, South Carolina teaching K-12th grade students visual arts. In addition to this, I completed a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2003 from the College of Charleston. In 2003 my husband and I relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina where I currently I work for the Department of Defense as a visual arts teacher on a military installation.

I consider myself to be a figurative painter. My work focuses on the human condition and relationships between people. I am always trying to define human emotions in my paintings and a lot of my images are self-portraits in many ways. I am inspired by people and events that take place in my own life and I draw from that when I am working. Situations like isolation, anxiety, separation, sadness, and confusion are often themes in my work. I also like to observe people in common situations and find uncommon circumstances in their actions. Humans are very intriguing and I am never bored when it comes to the interpretation their actions in my paintings. Through the use of different materials, I try to build up deep and complicated surfaces and compositions that leave the viewer wondering and questioning what my images and figures are about.

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