Alumni Exhibition Fall 2020 > Emily Alger-Gieselman

Emily Alger-Gieselman Statement
“Colors of a Michigan Shore”
Most of us get so busy that we rarely take the time to notice the beauty around us. God’s creation is systematic, orderly, and lovely – perfect. When we take a moment to really see the world around us, it will remind us of God’s beautiful design and our place in it.

My work highlights the beauty of God’s creation; the small details that we often overlook. The range of colors He created and our ability to view them are among His greatest gifts to us. Representing the second day of creation, separation of water from dry land, these rocks are from the shore of Lake Michigan. Take notice of the variety of colors, value, and shapes. From white to black, red to violet, I hope you can see every color of the rainbow in this piece.

God’s purpose for us to be in relationship with Him and each other. If you are like me, you don’t often take time to stop and thoroughly appreciate special moments with those we love. Remembering a moment in time, cherishing an expression, and absorbing a face filled with joy are ours for the taking. Art gives us an opportunity to go back and recall how an experience made us feel.

In this piece I tried to capture a moment of childhood that is all too fleeting, the child-like joy of being on a boat on a warm summer day experiencing “the best day ever”. Through his warm, expressive eyes and sweet, innocent smile I hope that you can feel Presley’s contentment and wonder.

Colors of a Michigan Shore
Colored pencil
10.5" x 12.5"