By Megan Cavanaugh
Eat. Pray. Design. The first senior art show has encompassed a piece of each of these four artists’ lives.
Cora Mumme, who will graduate in December 2017, derived her capstone from past family trips.
Coming from a close-knit family, Mumme wanted to add that meaning to her art.
“Being homeschooled not only gave me the opportunity to be close to my family,” Mumme said, “it also gave me the time to explore and create.”
From sewing, knitting and crocheting as a child to photography, pottery and graphic design in college, Mumme is interested in many different forms of art, though her art of choice for her capstone was graphic design.
Mumme took the family vacation photos that were from Minnesota State parks and turned them into a montage of shapes and images using Adobe Illustrator. The series of posters tie in together by the four fonts, yet different moods, and the limited, yet similar color palate throughout.
Having created 15 pieces of art, each one took her between five and 30 hours depending on drafts and edits.
We outgrow our projects, Mumme said. She has grown through this project in many ways. From visiting these places as a child (or even recently) to learning skills throughout the project in order to go back and fix things. This project tested her skills and forced her to work for over nine months on it.
Elizabeth Werre’s project came from a familiar relationship. Originally from Canada, Werre’s family would go camping. Her capstone developed from a story her father told her and her siblings to get them to fall asleep.
Small Fry, the rainbow trout, has many adventures in these stories. Werre’s capstone is the illustrations for this children’s book story, which her father wrote during her time off from school.
She took two years off from Bethany to get real world work experience and gain funds to continue her education.
Though many don’t return to school once they take leave, Werre felt that there was a piece missing until she finished.
“When I left school I had this enormous feeling that I left something unfinished,” she said.
Growing up, Werre didn’t know she wanted to be an artist, though she did enjoy art. In school her art teacher picked up on her quirky style and said she’d be a ‘great children’s book illustrator,’ “so that’s how that idea got in my head,” Werre said.
The finished product is an actual children’s book, Small Fry at Snack Time.
She enjoyed giving the trout personality. “How do you make a fish look human?” she asked herself. Giving Small Fry large eyes allowed me to make him emote, she said, which is weird because fish don’t normally emote.”
Werre enjoys Illustration because it is visual storytelling. She advises her fellow colleagues to work hard, improve skills and get feedback because “it allows you to see your art through someone else’s eyes,” she said. But not to take the critique too personally.
Katie Sehloff grew up in Mankato, Minn. with her father, a Christian teacher (at BLC), and her mother, a Christian teacher at Mount Olive Lutheran School. With these influences and having attended Christian schooling through college, theology is important to her.
As a Christian artist, she said, my goal is to create something meaningful and glorify God. Along the way, she hopes to help people see pictures in a different way.
Portraiture is typically a portrait of someone’s face as a way to get an intimate look into his or her life. Sehloff is taking a different approach of using hands to get to know who someone is.
She chose eight unique Bible stories to represent, but emphasizes the hands, most uniquely the hands are positioned in a way as if the viewer is in the painting, participating. For example, in the painting of Abraham about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, the viewer sees the hand with the knife, Isaac and the angel stopping Abraham, leaving the viewer to fill the role as Abraham. This puts a personal touch on these Bible passages.
After hearing these stories over and over again, Sehloff said, sometimes we get numb to them. She hopes her liturgical pieces provoke a deeper meaning and understanding of the Bible.
Megan Sauer didn’t consider herself an artist until her sophomore year of college. Coming to Bethany, she had only had sixth and eighth grade art under her belt.
Taking Graphic Design she only wanted to fulfill her art general education requirement became harder for Sauer to do the further she fell in love with design. Sophomore year, in Graphic Design II was her aha moment: she knew she wanted to do art from then on, though she might not have known how.
Growing up, Sauer’s family tradition was to bake cookies for many people they knew during the holidays. In fifth grade, she began baking and soon took on the challenge of single-handedly baking for friends and relatives for many holidays—not just Christmas. Someone had told her if she started charging, they would be Sauer’s first customer; so, she did. She has baked and sold goodies for several years, even through college.
This passion for baking, little did she know when she was younger, would combine with her love for other forms of art to form the perfect, little business: The Sauer Dough Bake Shop.
Sophomore year on, Sauer’s creation of her bake shop began brewing in her mind. From business and marketing, baking and creating, designing and sculpting and much more, The Sauer Dough Bake Shop is a culmination of all of her favorite things. She even created a miniature shop located right inside the YFAC, and served the audience of the student art show her homemade goodies.
Throughout this project, Sauer has learned four strong traits about herself: determined, kind, colorful and a runner.
Growing up with 11 years of 4-H helped her become determined in life, from being the best person she can be on earth, to working as hard as she can at something.
Sauer’s kindness and willingness to help others shows in her work.
Colorful ranges from the clothes she wears to just how she goes about her days.
“Life is too short to be grumpy all the time,” she said.
The discipline of running has given her many aspects of determination, stamina and hard work to push her forward as an artist.
These four words differentiate her from not only everyone else, but every other artist as well.
Sauer also has an appreciation of the past. In fact, the colors, decorations and atmosphere of her shop recreate a feel of the 1950s.
She hopes to open the real Sauer Dough Bake Shop in Adrian, Minn. a few miles away from her hometown of Lismore, Minn., in five to 10 years following graduation.
These four artists keep their past experiences, memories, family and faith close as they embark on their respective journeys.