The Sarofim School of Fine Arts will feature works from Annie Elkington ’18, Sonja Lea ’18, and Sofia Payne ’18 as part of the final Senior Art Exhibition of the 2017-2018 academic year. There will be a reception on April 19th where you will have the opportunity to hear from all three artists about their individual exhibits. By converging her native Texan and Australian identity, Annie Elkington presents her exhibition, Tulip Dreams. Based on “the dreamtime,” a traditional Aboriginal belief system, this interactive installation surrounds the audience in childlike whimsy and naiveté. She intends for this experience to revive the viewer’s sense of innocence and wonder associated with childhood. In her exhibition entitled Conjectures from the Cradle Sonja Lea paints and draws portraits from photographic mementos, manipulating them through cropping, blurring, changes of scale, and painterly effects to challenge and deconstruct cultural notions of childhood and adolescence. "My work alters the imagery and personas associated with childhood and adulthood, inviting viewers to inspect the social construction of these stages of life, the jarring transition between them and the impact of age-specific social expectations on their own lives.” Sofia Payne’s exhibition Hidden Tails began as an exploration of her heritage as a Mexican American which has evolved into a personal mission to revisit rich and vivid mythologies that were told long before colonization of the Americas. Through the use of expressive ceramic animal sculptures these indigenous narratives are retold to delight, inspire, and reinforce their significance in humanity’s history.