Artist: Heather Jarrard
Exhibition: Untitled #12
Media: Beans, Macaroni, Hot glue
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website or Instagram: none
Heather Jarrard is an art education major who loves hiking and art. She has been in school for seven years and hopes to be an art teacher after college. Her work explores the ideas of important social issues such as the budget crisis in schools and how little money is spent on education.
The art pieces are made of beans and macaroni put together with hot glue. The lines of the small sculptures have a smooth texture because of the way Heather assembled the beans and macaroni. The different colored beans and macaroni put together creates a slight rainbow effect that is pleasing to the eye. Her art pieces are mostly in a small scale but some of the pieces are bigger and utilize more beans and macaroni.
The macaroni and bean sculptures represent the budget crisis in schools. Heathers work includes small captions under her sculptures that discuss the average state budget for art supplies in the classroom which is $1.09 per student. Her goal in creating these small works of art is to bring awareness to the major social issue.
In my opinion, I feel that the meaning behind her sculptures are incredible. Simply by constructing figures of macaroni and beans and showing them in an art gallery for different students to see is a small yet essential step to fixing the overall issue of money in schools. I can connect with the artists ideas of money issues at school because I experienced it first hand in high school. I took an art class where, due to the lack of an art budget, the students had to pay a fee in advance in order to complete the projects in the class. At a first glance, the interesting use of materials captures the students attention but the meaning behind it is what makes the art pieces so memorable.