‘Midnight Muse’ inspired by surrealism, the unconscious at Clague

Midnight Muse

Congratulations to Clague’s Art Students for a successful show, Midnight’s Muse, held April 25th and 26th, on the stage at Clague!  The students’ work was inspired by their discussions on Surrealism and images of the unconscious mind. Through the exploration of ideas connected to dreams, nightmares, the moon, and midnight; as expressed through the strange, perhaps eerie creations of artists such as Tim Burton, Joan Miro, Alexander Jannson, and Abigail Larson, a dark theme acted as the insight behind their varied visions. Students also found the grim inklings of Edgar Allen Poe and Edward Gorey, as well as the twisting architecture of Frank Gehry, to be insightful and illuminating.

Midnight Muse

This multidisciplinary art piece proved to be an excellent opportunity for students to create an installation and do a bit of theater, along with the more traditional art forms of drawing, painting and sculpture! Some students collaborated in the construction of a larger than life, papier mâché peach, created to commemorate the story of James and the Giant Peach.  Still other students dressed in costume and “performed” with a 10′ sculpture of Jack Skellington or sang a student written song which was inspired by the installation of the blue-lit, “Burtonesque” town and its inhabitants.

Midnight Muse

–Submitted by Kay Pentzien

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