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Ingrained: A Creative Terminal Project by Caley Pennington

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, April 15, 2016 - 4:30pm

Please join us for the Exhibition Reception on Thursday April 14th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Caley Pennington works in a variety of media as a way to explore and initiate connections between individuals she knows and strangers that view her work. Currently residing in South Carolina, Pennington is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in painting. She spent her formative years in a small southwest Arkansas town where she created meaningful relationships that would fuel her passion for exploring the complexity of human emotion throughout her career. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas and achieved a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently an Instructor of Record at the University of South Carolina, teaching introductory level painting classes. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

Life is created through special shared moments where people reveal a more vulnerable side of themselves to one another. This project consists of drawn portraits on wood panels of people who have made an impact on my life. Each work has served as a way to explore how relationships evolve, from initial impacts to intimate lifelong connections. Through the subjects' facial expressions, the overall composition, and the nature of the wood grain, I am exploring the relationship between a person's external facade and the internal emotional environment.