Shifting Sites Art Exhibit

On Sept. 7th, interdisciplinary artist, Caroline Hatfield, introduced her art collection, Shifting Sites, in the Delaplaine Fine Arts Building to express her ideas on both the devotion and absence in human activity for industry. The exhibit officially opened up to the Mount public in The Williams Gallery on Thursday and will be displayed until Oct. 6th. In this set of sculptures, drawings and miniatures, Hatfield’s work was truly a sight to see.

Caroline Hatfield has demonstrated a passionate devotion to her art for several years now. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in 2013, she immediately expanded her work on a national level. Her various forms of sculpture, drawing, and even installation have received much deserved recognition in Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Delaware.

Hatfield may even expand her work even further, as she is to give an art thesis show at Mount St. Mary’s University in the spring. However, for the current time being, she uses her knowledge and skill of art in order to teach studio art classes in Baltimore, Maryland.

Though Hatfield uses several different forms of media to express her artistic abilities, she was able to tell an intriguing story with three different types of artwork in her exhibit. The message of her presentation, Shifting Sites, manages to convey a rather complex idea on the ways of structure and how we as humanity are in a constant shift between building up and abandoning the sites of the world.

Hatfield’s collection includes detailed sculptures of rusted metal smothered and lost in a sea of ash and debris. Miniature forms of these pieces glimmer with a former glory forgotten by time. Her sketches show mighty landscapes floating helplessly in the empty, painfully silent vacuum of space. The message these three pieces all convey together is how easy it is for humanity to pour all of the heart and soul into industry and technology and then simply ignore it for the rest of eternity.

Several members of the Mount community came to this exhibit to carefully study this story Hatfield is trying to share with the world. A story that really shines a light on the truth of how desperate we are for something bigger, better, and shinier. How disgusted we get with something once we declare it as “old” or “obsolete”. We as humans put all attention on the next best thing, and then we dump the obscure pieces we once admired like garbage. What makes this idea even more thought provoking is Hatfield’s drawn art of the infinity of space. It silently asks the question: “How far will we go with this?”

Hatfield truly generates a series of powerful questions with her exhibit. Even if there are viewers who do not share the same passion for art as she does, they are highly encouraged to come to The Williams Gallery while they can. If not for the media, then for the philosophy on utopian impulse and the potential of our future.

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