Artwork by Maria Lauenstein

On Thursday, Nov. 20, Endicott College hosted a generation-hopping art exhibit in the Carol Grillo Gallery. Appropriately titled “Materials, Old and New: Encounters with Glass, Paper, and Digital Print,” the exhibit presented the works of three separate artists who each use vastly different canvases to express themselves. 

In addition to the physical displays, the artists themselves attended the presentation, and each was given a chance to explain their methods, motivations, and mindsets throughout the artistic process. The first to speak was Jack Trompetter, who presented large sculptures composed of glass, wood, and other earthy materials. Trompetter also had a few prints of his sketched work on display. 

Trompetter described his artistic process by stating, "When I make art I am taking an idea and just seeing how it comes out... I am simply sketching an idea and then I try bringing it to life."

Trompetter then shared some details surrounding his artistic process, even mentioning some of the hardships which he had to overcome in order to continue creating. Upon being diagnosed with a tumor, Trompetter found it difficult to keep a steady hand and work on precise sketches. However, he discovered that if he works in the early mornings or late nights, he can still sketch precisely. He now values this time, seeing it as an important break from sculpting. 

Another artist, Maria Lauenstein, specializes in highly-detailed and colorful paper mache sculptures. Once a former English literature teacher among other jobs, Lauenstein has become very content in her career as an artist.

When explaining why art has become her passion, Lauenstein said, "I love [making art] because I'm a very nervous and neurotic person, and the process is very slow, so it forces me to slow down". Lauenstein explained the idea of “putting her brain away” when she creates, using the radio or podcasts to distract her brain from interfering with her creative process. 

The final of the three artists, Azubah Denjongpa, takes a much more modern approach with his art residing heavily within digital print. However, Denjongpa had not always envisioned himself as a digital artist. 

Denjongpa shared how he had grown up in an artistically-oriented family and had high hopes in utilizing paints and oils to help create more traditional canvases. As time passed and he began to experiment with other mediums, Denjongpa found that he prefers digital because “[his] works are easier to evolve and recreate stylistically.” There is no “finality” like there would be with traditional paint, allowing him to constantly adapt.

During his presentation, Denjongpa stated, "The act of creation is inherently an argument against death. When we create, this is the act of living." The similarities and differences shown throughout the three presented mediums show not only how these three artists argue with death, but also highlight the endless ways in which people can carry out the “act of living.”