Featured Exhibition Image

MassArt MFA Thesis 2021

May 5 - Jun 6, 2021

Themes of human impact, emotion, and dis/connection run throughout the work of the 2021 MassArt Master of Fine Arts candidates. A year into the pandemic, video classes, meetings, and calls are now routine, and virtual viewing rooms have become a staple in the art world. Ushering the viewer into this year’s cyber thesis exhibition is a dreamy virtual reality video by Salman Farhadi in which loneliness and loss morph into an escapist fantasy. In Madison Suniga’s expressionist canvases, animal avatars embody hostility, while thick paint channels somatic matter. Focusing on imagined worlds and their honest portrayals, Yang Sun’s atmospheric paintings examine the essence of reality. Jesús Pizarro’s poignant multi-media work depicts his family and friends and incorporates personal mementos to illustrate these uncertain times. Sarah Hull’s oil paintings explore perspective and empathy while distilling memories and observations. Documenting the role of human action on our environment, Sebastian Gonzales Quintero challenges us to question our accepted beliefs and then to intervene, while Yangfan Luo’s narrative love story with a twist attests to the complications of modern life. We exit this artificial space by looking at Ronghao Zhang’s cinematic photographs that portray America and expose its self-made myths. --Lisa Tung, Executive Director, MassArt Art Museum // The exhibition has concurrent components at MassArt's Doran Graduate Gallery (by appointment only) and online via Kunstmatrix