They say you can't go home again, but some McDaniel College artist alumnae are doing just that as they return to their alma mater to display the work they've done since graduation.
The exhibition, "Notions of Place: Four Alumnae, Four Interpretations," will feature work by Caitlin Bennett, Sara Caporaletti, Julia "Cheeny" Celebrado-Royer, and chanan delivuk and will run from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Feb. 24 at McDaniel's Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.
The works exhibited all relate to different perspectives on place and personality, taking audiences from the streets of Baltimore to the countryside of Croatia.
Celebrado-Royer, of Baltimore, attended the school from 2010 to 2014. Her work consists of an installation piece that would be shown through the windows of the gallery. The pieces depict the structures of homes destroyed by typhoons or natural disasters throughout the world. Celebrado-Royer said the idea came from her childhood in the Philippines.
"I spent half my life there, and the country experiences at least 20 typhoons a year," Celebrado-Royer said. "I was always fascinated by destruction and the rebuild that comes after it, and I guess the persistence of trying to make use of what you have to get through the situation."
She said she was glad to return to McDaniel for the show. She said her time there helped her figure out what exactly her artistic passion was.
Also exhibiting is Celebrado-Royer's former roommate Caporaletti, of Damascus. She will display a fabric 3-D installation reflecting her experiences with the Catholic Church.
"I've made hand-stitched pieces relating my body and human form to the idea of the phrase of the Body of Christ," Caporaletti said. "There is also a paper piece that catalogs my connection to various churches."
She said her work has always been intertwined with her faith. She said art is one of the ways she explores the relationship between herself and her membership with the church.
"It's something taboo in the art world to talk about religion, especially from a sincere angle," Caporaletti said. "It's a big place of my life. Art is my way of expressing my ideas to people who have never been exposed to it."
The hall will also be home to the artwork of Bennett, of Bothell, Washington. Bennett will display her work from her "Greetings from America" series of postcards designed in response to the media coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore over the past several years.
Bennett graduated from McDaniel in 2013 and in 2015 earned her master's from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been seen at Gallery 8 in Philadelphia, the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster and GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany.
Finally, delivuk, of Baltimore, will present a multimedia piece involving photography, video and audio that depicts her trip to Croatia. She said she first went to the country to follow the path of her Croatian grandfather, using his Ellis Island immigration documents as her guide. The piece follows the relationships she formed with people on the trip.
"I consider myself a conversation artist," delivuk said. "I tell personal stories, and stories I have through relationships with other people in order to create my art."
As a conversation artist, delivuk uses multimedia techniques, including audio, video and visual pieces to help communicate a tale and an experience she had.
"I'm trying to do a similar thing to a self-portrait, which is an important part of the art canon," delivuk said. "My work speaks to that. I'm self-defining myself. This is all just a documentation of that fact."
At the show, Caporaletti said she is excited to reunite with the artists she knew and experience the work of those she didn't for the first time.
"Our work has changed since we left McDaniel," Caporaletti said. "I think a draw for the show is to see how it has."