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Brief stay, lasting impact for art show

Emma O’Leary, Fatima Albu­door, Elissa von Walter

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When Emma O’Leary, AMD’13, first enrolled in Northeastern’s joint studio art pro­gram with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she was cer­tain she was going to be a painter.

But her pas­sion quickly shifted after taking a course on lith­o­g­raphy, in which artists burn images into lime­stone using acid. Now she is more than happy to call her­self a print– and paper-​​maker.

Not only does it allow me to be more cre­ative, but print­making and paper­making is its own art com­mu­nity,” O’Leary explained. “When I painted I could be in my studio all alone for hours. But with print­making you are sharing studio space and equip­ment, and you are always meeting new people. That was a big hook for me.”

It was that com­mu­nity envi­ron­ment that led O’Leary to meet fellow stu­dents Fatima Albu­door and Elissa von Walter, both AMD’14. All three are the fea­tured artists in Gallery 360’s new exhibit, “A Brief Stay: Print & Paper Show.”

The exhibit’s pieces were selected from the stu­dents’ senior theses and include col­la­graph, mono­type, and wood cut. The art­work is cur­rently hung on the walls of the hallway between Ell Hall and the Curry Stu­dent Center.

The artists, as well as family, friends, and mem­bers of the North­eastern art com­mu­nity, attended the exhibit’s opening recep­tion on Wednesday evening. “We are excited about the show,” said Albu­door, who is orig­i­nally from Dubai.

A woman pauses in front of Emma O’Leary’s work during the opening recep­tion for the new Gallery 360 exhibit, “A Brief Stay: Print & Paper Show.” Photo by Mariah Tauger.

A woman pauses in front of Emma O’Leary’s work during the opening recep­tion for the new Gallery 360 exhibit, “A Brief Stay: Print & Paper Show.” Photo by Mariah Tauger.

Albu­door included photos of her family in sev­eral of her mono­type pieces in the exhibit, noting that, “It’s a way of pre­serving the relationships.”

One of the pieces O’Leary selected from her port­folio is titled “Twelve Skele­tons.” It fea­tures 12 used plates on a shelf, with a piece of hand­made paper wrapped around each one.

She said she wanted to see what would happen to the paper once it dried around the plates. Most of the paper cracked and tore, revealing the nicks and marks on the dishes left by past diners. But on a couple plates the paper remained in tact, con­cealing what O’Leary called their “history.”

I wanted to see what the paper would do holding this new object,” she said. “A lot of this is trying to ele­vate a mun­dane object to some­thing you can look at in a new way.”

Since its incep­tion in 2007, the part­ner­ship between North­eastern and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has offered stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to pursue a bach­elor of fine arts or master of fine arts in studio art. Stu­dents take studio art courses at the museum and aca­d­emic courses at Northeastern.

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