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Myrin’s 2021 Student Art Purchase

Sarah Marchione’s (’22) art piece, “Big Bang” is the latest purchase from the Student Art Exhibition to be added to the Myrin Library Student Art Collection. The piece was chosen by five members of the Myrin Library staff to become part of this Collection.

Sarah said this about her piece: “The piece is done on a glass pane and includes such as paint and found materials. The paint is black acrylic paint and the materials include broken glass, broken CD parts (both the plastic and the holographic film layers), cellophane, and craft confetti. I made the piece by finger painting on the surface and then attaching the confetti and glass bits with glue.

“The piece is titled ‘Big Bang’ and it is a physical representation of the physics theory by the same name. The Big Bang theory states that the universe began via a giant explosion from which all the matter in the universe propagated. This piece is inspired by that concept and is motivated by my studies of astrophysics at Ursinus.”

Big Bang is located next to the third floor elevator in Myrin. From that location, it catches light from the West windows.

The Myrin Student Art Collection today totals some 136 works by 68 student artists. The works were selected and purchased by Charles A. Jamison for 18 consecutive years and are on permanent display in Myrin Library.  Representing a wide array of artistic expression, the Collection includes works in many types of media: oil paintings, mixed media, digital and analog photographic images, colored pencil and charcoal sketches and drawings, pastels, watercolors, wood and linoleum cut prints, wood carvings, plaster, wire, wood, foam and fabric sculptures.

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