Tiffany Hokansonâ€™s collection of mixed-media abstract art is now on display in the Retzlaff Gallery in Southern Oregon Universityâ€™s Art Building.
The show is entitled â€œSilent Resonance,â€ a name she calls a â€œparadox.â€
Judging from the reaction of those attending the opening reception last Thursday, her art is resonating with viewers very well.
â€œI love abstract art because everybody can identify with it; itâ€™s whatever you want it to be,â€ said Hokanson, a senior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
When asked what she hoped to accomplish through her art, Hokanson simply said, â€œA connection with people.â€
She seems to be accomplishing just that. The opening was well received, with those in attendance spending much time often fixed to a spot in front of one of her pieces, gleaning from it something unique and personal.
The art is visually intriguing and itâ€™s all untitled, a further effort on her part to let people take from it what they will.
â€œI donâ€™t title anything because I donâ€™t want to assign a narrative; I want to let the viewer interpret it for themselves,â€ said Hokanson.
Her art is created using a variety of methods, including â€œdippingâ€ paper in clay and other methods that she jokingly referred to as â€œsecret.â€
â€œMy work is more about process than aesthetics,â€ she said.Â â€œWhen I work everything disappears; itâ€™s sort of healing.â€
In her artistâ€™s statement she says, â€œIt is my hope that this work will offer a quiet reflection and an appreciation of the natural process of deterioration.â€
This statement is fitting considering the show includes pieces that are rusted, broken, and often have a cracked, aged look to them.
Her artistâ€™s statement continues to say, â€œThis series represents mortality and loss through the impermanence and fragility of inert materials.â€
Hokanson will graduate in June and hopes to eventually open a non-profit art center in a small community similar to Ashland.
â€œSilent Resonanceâ€ is on display until Nov. 19.