Some pieces have been reworked, others have been created using recycled materials.
But Tajreen Atker’s diptych, “Breakfast,” explores the theme through its subject matter.
Atker’s paintings joins pieces by more than 50 artists in “ReWorked!,” the LSU School of Art’s 13th annual summer invitational art exhibition. The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 3, in the Alfred C. Glassell Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Its theme examines artwork that has been reworked in some way. Atker’s set of paintings interprets the theme by looking at a half-eaten breakfast.
The explanation is simple. Atker is working toward her master’s degree in fine art at LSU, and life as a student is sometimes chaotic.
Add to that the fact that she and her husband, Akm Jabed, are from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jabed was accepted into the LSU School of Art’s master of fine arts program first. His wife came to Baton Rouge a year later.
Both have since maintained the odd hours of college life, grabbing meals on the run.
Which is the whole idea behind Atker’s “Breakfast.”
“This is my second semester work,” she says. “This is what students deal with daily — a half-eaten breakfast and half-eaten meals.”
Breakfast starts with toast topped with jam and a bite of banana. In the second breakfast, there’s half-eaten toast and a banana with a few more bites missing.
Only there’s a catch — this is the same breakfast the next day. It’s breakfast reworked, if you will.
“It represents a student’s life,” Atker says. “My project is about the things that are around us, and how we become intimate with them in what we deal with everyday. I look at how these things affect our lives, and when they’re gone, we miss them.”
Her husband also has a piece in the show — a small painting, “An Unfolding Story.”
It hangs above Therese Knowles’ multi-media piece “Putting Myself Back Together.”
Knowles is known for her multilayered paintings, but she took a different approach this time.
“She used an old dress for this show,” says gallery director Kristin Malia Krolak. “A lot of our artists took a different approach for this show. They didn’t coordinate it. They all were just on the same plane.”
Ed Pramuk, for instance, covered his abstract painting with a screen. A tap on the screen creates a dark, wavy effect much like oil on water.
Which is the result Pramuk was working for in this environmental statement.
As for his interpretation of “reworked,” Pramuk reworked his painting by incorporating the recycled screen.
But the theme interpretation behind Jabed’s story is different. Much like his wife’s work, the “reworked” theme can be found in the subject matter.
An overturned chair is the main subject in Jabed’s piece. Behind it is an open door.
Jabed was exploring abusive relationships in his master’s thesis, and the chair symbolizes the plight of an abused woman. The door behind her opens the path to that abuse.
In this way, Jabed said he is able to observe how such relationships are reworked, beginning one way and evolving in another.
Jabed earned his master’s degree in May. Atker still has another year to go before earning hers.
And in the end, both hope to rework their own stories by eventually making the United States their permanent home.