PHOTO BY: KALIKA SARASIN ARTICLE BY: EMILIE KEFALAS

PHOTO BY: KALIKA SARASIN

ARTICLE BY: EMILIE KEFALAS

ARTIST DELVE INTO THE ABSTRACT WITH PHOSPHOR-OBSCURA

Looking at Kristen Phipps’s artwork is not unlike staring into a daydream. The same can be said for Erica Luedtke’s pieces.  The combined effects of their visual undertakings will be on display during their joint exhibition. The showcase, Phosphor-Obscura, will take place on Friday, May 20 at Welmont on Montgomery Street.  

The two senior SCAD painting majors have been planning their senior exhibit since the middle of winter quarter after deciding to collaborate their individual painting personas to create an unconventional and optical exposition.  

“We were trying to bring both of our work together and we actually struggled with a title for a long time,” Phipps said.  “But the ‘obscura’ is my half because I deal a lot with photo obscure techniques and pinhole photography.”

“And ‘phosphor’ relates to my work, because it involves the color luminosity,” Luedtke added.

Elements of the human brain and the natural world inspired both Luedtke and Phipps’s unique techniques used in creating the artwork of Phosphor-Obscura.  

“We wanted to bridge two things that normally wouldn’t be together with color,” Phipps said.  “We both have the common desire to interpret energy around us that we can’t see.”

For Phipps, the creative process began with internal examination and then discovery.    

“Over the last year I wanted to get away from a lot of the control behind my own thoughts,” Phipps said.  “I stumbled upon pinhole photography, knowing nothing about it, and started playing with the unpredictability.  From there I’m bringing these things and places together, from the last year and a half.  I’m playing a visual telephone game with myself.”

Luedtke works on a larger scale compared to Phipps, allowing for her to physically interact and involve herself with her work as it develops throughout her process.