San Antonio (March 25, 2013) – Gallery 23 at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s University Center will host “Empathy: The Nature of Emotion,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings from UTSA alumna Jovelle Anastasia Saenz. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs March 25, 2013- May 17, 2013. Guests may meet the artist at a reception on Wednesday, March 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Empathy: The Nature of Emotion” is a series of paintings and drawings exemplifying the human elements in nature. Each work captures a moment in nature while incorporating human figures or features to express the mood of the scene.
Saenz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a minor in Art History from UTSA in Spring 2011. With aspirations of becoming an art teacher, she wishes to instill her passion and admiration for creativity in her students. Since graduating, she has had an exhibition in July/August 2012 at Candlelight Coffee Shop in San Antonio. She has aspirations of becoming an art teacher, and wishes to instill her passion and admiration for creativity in students.
Saenz describes her work as “derived through the abstraction of nature and its aesthetic beauty that we often take for granted in every day life”. This is represented through Saenz taking landscape and nature in her artwork and camouflaging human images within the scene.
“Color can never escape from us. It is what we use to define the things that we see surrounding ourselves. It also influences how we perceive objects. Just by looking at an object, we develop the way we think, feel, and emotionally and physically react to it by its color” Saenz says.
About Gallery 23
Gallery 23 serves a vital role in creating a vibrant campus community by offering cultural enrichment, enhancing diversity on campus, and providing an educational opportunity to explore the arts. The gallery serves as a professional space to showcase student, staff, faculty, alumni and local artists’ works. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery 23 takes its name from its room number—UC 1.02.23.