Student sculptures to be featured in Borland Gallery

October 05, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "How We Relate," an exhibition featuring sculptures by Elizabeth Fontaine and Jeff Repko, seniors in the School of Visual Arts, will run from Oct. 15 to 19, in the Borland Gallery, Room 125. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Fontaine’s “Support Systems” analyses and categorizes the people who became her support systems over the years. “These people are personified by nets made out of their clothing,” Fontaine said. “How the nets interact with one another gives insight to the different ways they have supported and continue to support me.”

Repko described the exhibition as “a show about the idea of relations … how we connect physically and metaphysically with the space and life around us.” For example, in the work “Monuments of Time,” Repko explores the relationships between life and the flow of time. Each individual sculpture is a plaster cast or cement and plaster mix that spans across the floor, depicting the span of time. The forms also demonstrate balance as they rest carefully on top of each other, on top of the vinyl design portrayed on the floor.

A native of State College, Fontaine is a senior who will graduate in 2013 with a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture. Her first exposure to creating sculptures was when she took a three-dimensional foundations class at Penn State and realized she loved working with her hands. “I would get bored during a three-hour drawing studio class, but I could spend 20 hours in the workshop making a cardboard chair,” she said. Fontaine plans to attend graduate school to pursue an master of fine arts in sculpture or fibers.

Repko is a fifth-year senior who will graduate in May with a bachelor of science in art education and a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture. He attributes being the youngest in a large family to influencing his view of art and the world. He became interested in sculpture during his junior year. “Sculpture allows me the opportunity to physically change the landscape of the world,” Repko said. “In our minds we can create wonders and unexplainable forms. Sculpture allows the unexplainable to live in our world and speak for itself.” After graduation, he plans to join the Teach for America Core before starting graduate school.

Both Fontaine and Repko credit their artistic friendship as the impetus for their current collaboration. “When we lose ourselves, it is the people around us who keep us grounded and bring us back,” Repko said. “As we prepare for the future, we celebrate the journey together. Sometimes we forget how important a friend can be.”



  • 'How We Relate' features sculptures by Elizabeth Fontaine and Jeff Repko.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated October 16, 2012