Zoe Yaceczko's Senior Exhibition
Senior Exhibition is a collection of my best works I’ve done since the beginning of my declaration as an art major at Oglethorpe University. At the start of my journey, I was clueless in what I wanted to do. I was confused in the message I wanted to convey and how I wanted to convey it, so I just did the one thing I knew how to do and that was draw. Most of my works comprise of humans—the things I had the least experience with growing up, both socially and physically. Growing up wasn’t easy for me. I was an orphan and would be taken advantage of in my orphanage, or so I’m told by my mom. With age, that led me to become very protective and reserved with people because I always thought they wanted to take advantage of me in some way. Now, however, I’m closer to people than I’ve ever been thanks, truly, to art. I know some of my best friends today because of art and because I knew art provided a safe space to allow me to be the person I wanted to be. In hindsight, I didn’t need to come into being an art major knowing the grand scheme of things. For me, I was building that message as I was building my relationship with people and in mediums I never dreamt of (printmaking, web design, digital photography, etc.) from the standard pen and pencil.