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Frostic School of Art students, Nick Erard, Cassie Stagner and Lauren Giluiani have their "Spare Change" exhibit artwork published in winter 2013 issue of WMU Magazine

"My research for this project involved learning about the earth and climate change, as well as learning about digital photography in a studio setting. My research concerning climate change was about various statistics and figures that I found to be the most alarming. I selected and integrated these facts into the works as a means of adding a scientific context through which the images can be viewed. The statistics function as a way of quantifying the 'melting' that goes on in the imagery." —Nick Erard, B.A. in art student

"Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4º F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5° F over the next hundred years. This may sound like a relatively small change to certain people, but these changes can actually have sizably, dangerous impacts on the earth.

I am submitting is a visual piece which represents the way which many seemingly small occurrences can add up to be destructive to the earth. This piece is a photograph of a landfill, comprised out of many small pieces which come together to form the picture, quite like a puzzle. Each piece of the photograph is printed onto paper which is mounted on foam core and then attached to a thin sheet of repurposed metal by adhesive magnets." —Lauren Giuliani, B.F.A. in photo and intermedia student

"As artists, we can be extremely wasteful and take the materials we have to use for granted, but consider all of the strange mediums artists have used for hundreds of years; what if we were to focus on being environmentally conscious for the earth and for our own sake for that matter? All of the paint fumes we breathe in, chemicals used in print making cause so much damage most of us are unaware of. Creating art with a low ecological impact should be one of the first things we should be doing. Most sustainable materials are easily accessible.

The two works I chose to create were made using plastic garbage bags, both relating to the consideration of the trapped carbon dioxide burning on the surface of the earth because of our pollution. CO2 Much is an abstract piece representing the chaotic mess that is arising from the earth's surface. For us as human beings, a necessity of the production of clothing is harmful to the earth. Factories emit toxins into the air polluting and poisoning our earth. " —Cassie Stagner, student

Read the WMU Magazine winter 2013 issue online

WMU Magazine December 2013 cover