They say that ‘art is what you make of it’, and in the last week, a student here at Hope has interpreted that to mean making holes in the wall.
Supplin Naillette is an art major here at Hope and has recently opened her personal exhibit to the public. Visitors can expect to see numerous brushes, pencils, small canvases, tubes of paint, erasers and even photo film nailed to the wall.
Some of the supplies appear to have been previously used, while others still have their original price tags on them.
There is no backdrop of any kind aside from the white paint on the wall itself which Naillette explains was an important component of the theme in her exhibition.
“I wanted to capture the constant battle between light and dark, old and new, and despair and joy. My exhibit represents strength through struggle, bravery through fear, and the will to turn your eyes to the dawn of a new day while the black of night fades behind you.”
Naillette found her inner artist at a young age, where she spent recess time smearing cafeteria pudding on her homework.
“I was too much of a revolutionary for my grade-school teachers, but my parents reluctantly supported me in my selfdiscovery.”
Though this is Naillette’s first official exhibit, she has made a number of other pieces in her art classes that have sparked intrigue from classmates and professors alike.
“One of my favorite pieces is entitled ‘Sight’, and features dozens of small fish bowls filled with plastic spiders and gummy worms. I feel it approaches the issues of segregation and political corruption in a way that too few artists are willing to even touch.”
There is more to Naillette than merely her artwork. In her free time, she enjoys leisurely activities such as watching the rain fall, attending tea tastings and photographing people’s toes.
Nailette has a lot of artistic growth ahead of her, and unlike the many art supplies nailed to the walls of her exhibit, Supplin will continue to keep moving forward.