AUArts 2021 President’s Convocation Shawl

AUArts 2021 President’s Convocation Shawl

The President’s Convocation Shawl is an annual competition undertaken by majors in their graduating year to produce the shawl worn by the President during Convocation.
Previous year’s shawls are then worn by academics in order of seniority. These shawls represent years of this tradition and demonstrate the talent, creativity and dedication of the students who have produced them.

The 2021 President’s Convocation Shawl Winners are: “A Window of Possibility and a Space of Creativity” collaboration by students Luz Arellano and Jingyi Ye.

Artist’s Statement:

The design of President’s Convocation Shawl is inspired by Heinrich Wolffliin's idea of the window. The window opens onto a three-dimensional world beyond. Often, the concept of window embeds dual meanings: literally, it is an architectural element, an opening that connects inner and outer space and allows humans to benefit from natural light and fresh air; figuratively, it represents an entrance into a space with knowledge, creativity, and opportunity.

The President Convocation Shawl is perceived as a metaphoric window that enables individuals to see through the past, present, and future of AUArts. It tells a story about how AUARTS dynamically interconnects with students and shapes the collective experiences as a community. Thus, the President's Convocation Shawl signifies a window of adventure, a space of creativity and a place of transformation. The shape of the convocation shawl has adopted the archetype of a basilica's window. The design represents an architectural space and a form of knowledge. This space nurtures students to actualize potentials and facilitates them to fulfill dreams of being professional artists. It showcases a spatial awareness of multiple perspectives through assembling architectural elements inspired by AUArts interior and exterior space. The essential design elements include windows and staircase motifs, along with AUArts' logo. The size of the shawl is 23 inches in width and 55 inches in length. The colours are red, black, and natural white. The face of the shawl is silk twill, and the lining is natural linen.

About the Artists

Luz Arellano Gutierrez is an active student of the AUArts community. She is originally from Guadalajara, México where she graduated as an Architect. That yearning to pursue a career abroad oriented her to the neighboring country of the USA. After completing an English program and a few courses associated with arts, she decided to move to Canada to pursue a BFA at AUArts. Her experience in architecture, combined with her screen-printing practices in the textile, enables her to develop a unique style of architectural expression in fabric design, further used for garment making and upholstery. Her determination, work ethic, and love for learning new things have led her to excel in the University. Luz's work explores the relationship between the body and the clothes. Garment making has captured her interest because it allows her to channel her voice about self-identity and explores the concept of individualism through surface design. She sees wearable art as a means to reconcile her body with the inner self. Mostly, her work is intimately connected with personal transformative experiences, translated into motifs, and printed on the surface to enhance the originality and the association with a female body. In the future, Luz would like to expand her printing practices into broader subjects, which potentially promote social change through the embodiment of everyday clothing. Besides being a student, she is also a mother and a wife. The main goal of her tireless effort is to be a role model for her family and exceed the expectations of a Mexican woman who was raised in a patriarchal society.

Jingyi Ye is an emerging Calgary-based Fibre artist and 4th-year student of the Fibre Department at Alberta University of the Arts. Her work aims to experiment with the element that mediates the subject-object interaction and seeks a means to reshape spectators' experience in temporal and physical space. Her research centers on how a thing and the landscape actively interconnect with a human. Particularly, how an individual's ways of looking frame specific visual representations; adversely, how an object has the power to configure individuals' perspective. Her studio practices focus on natural colourants study, pictorial space study, textile techniques, and cross-cultural aesthetics. By comparing with the textile and painting traditions among Canadian, Japanese, and Chinese art, Jingyi explores the universal aesthetics of beauty and harmony. Making art is an active mental process, which requests a united response among an individual's hand, body, and mind. Jingyi’s motivation is to improve her mental capacity in problem solving and decision-making through making art. Her art practices train her mind with a higher level of awareness, being more sensitive, critical and creative to the relationship between self and others, the inside and outside, and the visible and invisible. In school, Jingyi received ACAD Board of Governor’s First Year Scholarship and the Fibre Major Innovative Development Award. Meanwhile, she participated in the 7th and 8th Annual President’s Student Art Exhibition in ACAD, Group Show THING TO WEAR with weaving demonstration on site, Fibre Department Group Exhibition Fibre Fortnight, Solo Exhibition in National Gallery of Contemporary Fibre Art in Fibre Department of ACAD, and two solo Exhibitions on Poly+Esther Wall in Fibre Department of ACAD.