Wherefore art thou, art enthusiasts?

Screen shot 2013-03-07 at 3.52.36 PMChildhood memories inspire art

Stacy Kuropata, a first year Master of Fine Arts student at the University, strives to incorporate the affects of memory on childhood cognitance into her artwork.

She said she chose to integrate childhood and memories in her work because she admires the integrity conveyed through children’s art. Kuropata said her young nephew also inspires her because being around him has made her notice and appreciate the innocence and honesty that children exhibit.

“He inspires me with the things he comes up with and says and does,” said Kuropata. “The innocence of children is so sweet and inspiring. It brings about such honest creativity.”

While her art is usually more lighthearted and playful, Kuropata is currently working on a piece that holds a more serious message.

This piece is centered around the topic of children in orphanages who have been deprived of happy childhood memories.

When she was younger, Kuropata was deeply impacted by a documentary about an orphanage and the harsh conditions the orphan children grew up in. From that moment, she wanted to do something to help.

“I think you can die of not enough love,” she said. “It was just so heartbreaking to me. I remember thinking, ‘I have to do something.’”

Now, that passion to reach out and help has been reignited.

She has always loved art and now strives to use it for a greater purpose.

The saying, “Message without mission is meaningless” has encouraged Kuropata.

Helping those in need by bringing awareness through her art has become the mission and message that gives her work meaning.

“One thing that I always want for my pieces is to make people think about something that they have not thought about before,” she said.

In addition to working towards her masters, Kuropata is also prepping to go to Germany this summer with Cypert and a group of graduates from the University.

While she utilizes a variety of media, most of her pieces are made of clay.

She enjoys using this medium because of the connection pottery has with her relationship with God.

“Working with clay is interesting because it’s kind of a repetition of what God has already done,” she said. “In a way, its imitating Him and in that sense, it’s worship.”


A passion for art sparked at a young age

From the moment she started creating various art as a little girl, Kim Cypert knew without a doubt that she wanted to continue to create art for the rest of her life.

“When I was really little, probably six years old, I was always somebody who was doodling and drawing pictures for my friends,” Cypert said, a first year University MFA student. “A lot of six year olds are like that, but I just never stopped.”

Cypert has always had a passion for art, and as soon as she began pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Texas Tech, she knew for sure that she wanted to be an artist.

“I chose art because I knew it was something that could challenge me for the rest of my life and it wasn’t something that I would grow out of,” Cypert said. “Basically, I could perpetually be challenged by painting and I can always get better.”

Now, she is working towards a Master in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and is continuing to paint in her studio in the University Academic Center, room 346.

In her latest works of art, she has been focusing on the subject of “forgetfulness.”

Cypert pointed out that her recollection of certain life experiences sometimes differ drastically from reality.

Through repetition and painting an image solely by memory, Cypert illustrates the difference between what is seen and what is actually retained and remembered.

“A theme that I’m working through right now is forgetfulness,” she said. “How immediate painting can be and how we can remember an event or image very quickly but how little of it we can actually retain.”

Even though she is still in her first year at the University, Cypert sees much potential, not just in the art program, but in the University as a whole.

She is really impressed with the various methods of teaching and interdisciplinary styles that are implemented at the University.

“It’s not just the art program that’s asking serious questions and pushing the envelope, it’s the apologetics program, philosophy, and theology,” Cypert said. “It’s the literary department and the poetry folks that are really challenging the way education is thought of and how it’s executed and I’m so glad to be here.”

Cypert and Kuropata had their art displayed in Dallas last month at the Norwood Flynn Gallery in an exhibition featuring the work of students from the University.

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