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Art student presents senior sculpture exhibit

Throughout her life, Amy Sheppard has been a collector of objects – and they have affected her deeply in their own right.

She will present sculptures based upon the objects she has collected for numerous years in an exhibit, titled As Is. The opening will be from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 17 in the Trahern Student Gallery located on the first floor of the Trahern building.
Throughout her life, Amy Sheppard has been a collector of objects — and they have affected her deeply in their own right.

She will present sculptures based upon the objects she has collected for numerous years in an exhibit, titled “As Is.” The opening will be from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 17 in the Trahern Student Gallery located on the first floor of the Trahern building.

The title of the show comes from the sign, “sold as is,” often seen in flea markets or antique stores. Because Sheppard has not altered greatly the object itself but simply added to it, she has come to view this as an embodiment of her theme.

“The object is simply wonderful because of what it is and I want to share that joy with others,” she said. “I create something inspired from the object to bring its wonderfulness to the surface for others to see.”

Sheppard began collecting things from her environment as a young girl before she even considered herself an artist. The pieces then were hidden in her room in boxes or drawers for some unknown purpose in the future. All she knew is that she was fascinated by them.

There has been a long family history of collecting things, which has helped her to develop her fascination and collection. She has been able to combine her own history with that of the outer world of objects.

The sculptures are formed from pieces of her vast collection and then expanded with a knitted form. The objects become things of whimsy and childrens' toys.

“Through this show, I hope to show my deep love for objects that are simply discarded in everyday life and have come into my own existence by chance,” Sheppard said. -- Melony Shemberger