Art by Corinne Luper
As an Art major with a Multimedia Design minor, it is no surprise that artist Corinne Luper knows her way around several different artistic mediums, such as acrylic and oil paint; however, her preference is sketching.
She has created six unique sketches depicting different definitions of beauty specifically for the spring issue of Currents. She wants people “to feel inspired and ask questions” when they look at her art.
Her faith background serves as an influence in her artwork. Luper stands by her morals and likes to incorporate Christian values into her artwork.
As for classical artwork, her favorite artist is Vermeer. Studying abroad in Florence increased her appreciation of art and helped her to improve her technique. She learned a lot from visiting places like Santo Marino and seeing “The David” sculpted by Michelangelo, which is on display at the Galleria dell’Accademia (Gallery of the Academy) in Florence.
Luper describes art as “an outer expression of yourself. It can be anything.” Her definition of art has evolved as she has grown as an artist. “It used to be literally like if it’s not on canvas or an illustration board, it’s not art.”
Who changed her outlook? Her art adviser, Professor Ty Pownall. She said her Junior Studio Art class discussions gave her a different perspective of what art is and can be. Luper explained that Pownall has been supportive of her career and her goals even though they have different perspectives. Not only that, but they prefer different art mediums; Luper’s preference is sketching while Pownall is a sculptor. Regarding Pownall, Luper emphasizes that he supports her and wants her to succeed.
Luper sees beauty as being comfortable with oneself and possessing confidence. Other than beautiful, she would use these three words to describe her art: stylized, whimsical and imaginative. Nature serves as one of the major inspirations for her artwork.
Luper is working on her senior exhibition piece, a 90-minute animated film that she began creating her year abroad in Florence. Luper’s dream is to use her art to create animated films and work for either Pixar or the company Laika, which is based in her home state of Oregon.
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