Art for the Senses: The Sensory Art Exhibition Showcases Student Works |


The new improved sensory room of the Student accessibility help center (SASC) is now showing artwork from art students in classes ARS 205 (Ideas and Shapes Section L04) and ARS 403 (Socially Engaged Art) by Professor Nobuho Nagasawa.

The Sensory Room is located in the Stony Brook Union, Suite 107, and is designed to help students who need to receive or exclude sensory input and help them relax and soothe their senses. Inspired by the Sensory Hall, Nagasawa students created art installations that expressed their individual perceptions of the senses and how their art can best appease participants.

On December 6, SASC hosted a showcase showcasing students’ creative works of art at the student union’s COLA fair before the facilities found a permanent home in the SASC’s sensory room.

“SASC contacted the College of Arts and Sciences” Department of Arts regarding the fact that the students create a sensory art experience for the students using the sensory room, and we had several meetings with Professor Nagasawa and the students to discuss the collaboration, ”described SASC director Wendi Mathews. Under the guidance of Nagasawa and SASC staff, each student was asked to think about how best to engage the senses of viewers with their art using different media to create olfactory, tactile, kinetic, auditory forms of expression. and visual.

Sensory art therapy is a type of treatment that uses all kinds of art to explore emotions, resolve psychological conflicts, reduce anxiety, and decrease physical pain. “We were very excited about the Sensory Art Showcase. The goal was to create a work of art that would encourage students to use a variety of art forms to help them adapt, showcase these talented artists, and be able to use their art for years in the future. sensory room of the Student Accessibility Support Center. Mathews said.

Sensory art fair

Erica Lynch’22 created a very interactive piece – named Live nature, 2021 – which enhanced touch, auditory senses and smell. Lynch researched plants in the Avalon Nature Reserve and took imprints of the leaves, then she used acrylic paint and a jelly press to get the images on paper and placed the foliage found in the artwork. She also made two recordings of water mixed with music on QR codes that leave the participant with a sense of calm as they play on their ears. Asked about his work, Lynch said, “In essence, I hope this sums up the senses and the experience of nature. I hope this will inspire people to use nature as an adaptive capacity in their toolkit. “

Hongrui Zhang’22 created one of the showcase’s many visually exciting installations. Using tape, mylar paper and glue, he created a handmade kaleidoscope, titled VR Kaleidoscope 202. The overall design was inspired by virtual reality, where the mental escape from a busy life is useful, especially when the participant places themselves inside the vibrant colors of the kaleidoscope. “[I think] Mental escape is a key point in the sensory room, ”he said in his article, and to his credit, the showcase participants were transported as they turned their heads one way and the other. the other, while holding the helmet of the kaleidoscope.

One room that really encompassed the feel of the sensory room was Blue light, 2021 by Sarah Conway’24. A large cardboard box with a heavy dark blue blanket resting on it, although of very conspicuous size, is such a deceptively ordinary piece that when the participant finally comes face to face with the coin, those who peek under the blanket is met with a gentle serenity as the white light and the sound of daylight are engulfed and all that remains is a brilliant, deep blue light. As the viewer gazes into the light, everything inside is made of cardboard and hot glue. In the center is a very standard living room bed, desk and chair to the side. “I would like to leave the interpretation of the scene to the viewer because I want to see how the space is transmitted to each individual,” said Conway.

Students can visit and stimulate their senses in the sensory room. Take a look – or feel or even smell – the interactive and calming pieces of these student artists.

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