“Wherever the Mushrooms Grow: Natalya Brill” is on view at the Wikoff Student Gallery on the third floor of the Nott Memorial.
Combining digitally altered drawings with incongruous phrases, Natalya Brill ’18 presents “a harmony of discord” in her solo exhibition, which is at turns playful and serious, with biological themes and vaguely dystopian scenarios that hint at existential and personal crises.
“My body of work was created while exploring the union between written words and visual imagery,” says Brill, who majored in visual arts and Russian and East European studies. “This idea stemmed from my childhood interest in reading comics and graphic novels because of how the visuals amplified the text.”
Brill, of New York City, encourages viewers to disassemble the pairings, and consider what they see initially and what can be extracted by separating the written and visual elements. She says the relationship between visual and oral language is something many people take for granted.
“When we see messages accompanied by an image, we process both as one and instantly, visually,” she says. “Only afterward do we, as viewer, attempt to understand and deconstruct what is in front of us. The effect both elements have when deliberately placed together gives the presentation an entirely alternate meaning.”
The show runs through Sept. 16, with a closing reception set for Sept. 14, 5- 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.