Heather Brown MFA Thesis Exhibition

Heather Brown’s thesis exhibition, “Self-Restraint”, on display in the Jo Farb Hernandez Gallery in SJSU’s Art Building. The installation features a series of self-portraits shot on color film of the artist wearing uniquely crocheted bondage wearables. The photographs are displayed in unique custom crocheted frames alongside the actual wearable pieces. Additionally, Brown created a complimentary interactive installation titled “Who’s in control now?” in the Gale Antokal Gallery on the third Floor of SJSU’s Art Building.

Nicole Weyant BFA Exhibition “Raw” October 5th to the 8th, 2021 SJSU Theta Belcher Gallery

Mental health and mental illnesses are topics that our current society tends to push
aside or sugar coat. My work represents my personal inner struggles as someone who
struggles with mental issues through the use of digital photography to document and re-
enact the emotions I have felt and some of the key moments that have been a recurring
issue with my mental illnesses. These images show the some of the raw emotions I
have personally felt and dealt with when going through my own breakdowns and I’m
using them to help create awareness to the spectrum of mental health. These emotions
are here to help show that not everyone struggles in the same way and that some
people react differently and are affected differently by their mental issues. With this work
I want to show people that mental health is a topic that shouldn’t always be sugar
coated because it can cause people to see it as a less serious issue or brush it off as an
easy fix, but in reality that’s not true. These images are examples of my own personal
issues and are helping me on my path of recovery. These may not be the same for
everyone, and it is important to know that mental illnesses can present in different ways
and is not the same from person to person.
I have struggled with mental issues for a good part of my life and I firmly believe that if it
was less of a taboo topic I would have gotten the help I needed when I first brought it up
to my family. This show is helping me to open up about my own issues in hopes of
encouraging other people to do the same. I want to showcase physical representations
of what it is like in the minds of people who struggle with mental illnesses. This, in turn,
can help others empathize with people who have mental health issues and offer them
the support they need to heal. I use photography as my medium because I am able to
create and re-tell my experiences to my audience through the re-enactment of emotions
I have felt previously. Photography has become an outlet for me and has helped me
through the process of overcoming my own mental illnesses.
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Yvonne Bellido BFA Exhibition “WILL YOU REMEMBER?” October 4th to the 8th, 2021 SJSU Hernandez Gallery

Photography is an exploration for me and a method to be able to connect with the past. I have always loved old things and feelings of nostalgia. During the past year, I lost my grandmother and couldn’t say goodbye because of the pandemic. Since then, I have been making my peace and closure with it, which led me to find old photographs of her and my family. I spent extended periods piecing together specific photographs for this series. Looking back on these old images and memories, it feels like unlocking different parts of who they were. With my grandma, she was a mother, but at the same time, she was a sister, friend, and daughter. I wasn’t able to see these other sides of her or ask her questions about it. Film photography has an emotional connection to me and is intertwining within my life. I catch glimpses of who the people I love, and this allows me to preserve their memories.