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Artists Anne Samat and Yanira Collado spent two weeks on the Virginia Tech campus, working with students and creating new works specifically for the Moss Arts Center galleries. Learn more about the center's exhibitions on the Moss Arts Center's website
Oh, that's cool. I like that you pointed out, like that she uses different colors because that's what I like, too. I love the color scheme. Yeah. She said she doesn't have a color scheme, but like it's like the lacking of it. Look at that. Most of the time when students encounter an art exhibition, it's everything looks perfect and polished and installed. The artists being here, creating the works, interacting with the students in real time, creating pieces that are unique to the Moss. Show them how this comes together. So when the students came back for the opening, they had a enriched experience. The whole exhibition is a collaboration. And to have this opportunity to open up my, my process to students and to create the work and speak about the work as I'm creating it. That's been interesting too. I think we had over 100 individual architecture students working on the project at different times and Yanira had them in different teams and would switch them off, jumping them to different projects. I want to be somebody who is sharing the work, sharing the information about the work in a way that really does impact our communities, right? And here we have community of young artists and young students. And what a better opportunity to really, as an artist be where I say I am, right? That other than to invite them into my process. You see, where is the rules? I don't see any rules. Anne, who works with weaving and fiber and challenges the traditional craft by using everyday objects. Really, when she spoke to different classes, the students had an appreciation for materials like that they would encounter in hardware stores or Dollar Stores, plastics swords, plastic soldiers, rakes and brooms. When they looked from the distance, every single piece of artwork so regal. It looks so majestic. It demands attention from you. But, when we get closer to the work, suddenly we said, wow, this is actually from humble materials. The high school students and college students. I told them, I'm here not to teach them or ask them what to do. I'm here to inspire them. When I was younger, I didn't have that opportunity. I didn't have the chance to meet living breathing artists. So for me it is important to have that connection with the students, That merging of ideas. And then they were having conversations on their own about the work. And some of the kids were even tying it to their own personal histories as well. And sharing their stories. That was lovely.