Southern Adventist University students experienced an absorbing evening of learning and art recently during a fine art presentation and exhibition by photographer Sandra Mendez.
Held in Ackerman Auditorium on September 14, the evening began with a presentation by Mendez. Many of her still life montage photographs were displayed on screen while Mendez explained in depth the unique stories behind each piece as well as the process and techniques she used to create them.
Mendez spoke to the audience about the patience she learned in making montage photography, first in using a large-format film camera and now through the time spent editing her work on the computer.
“Some of my work takes only two weeks,” Mendez said. “Some of it can take months, even a year to make.”
With this point in mind, Mendez emphasized to the students that hard work really does pay off.
As she continued explaining her pieces, Mendez informed the audience that people and every element of life inspires her work.
“I take every opportunity to take pictures to incorporate into my still life photographs,” Mendez said.
Following her presentation, members of the audience made their way to the John C. Williams gallery in Brock Hall to see her work on display and enjoy refreshments.
While contemplating the pieces in the gallery, Benjamin Castaneda, sophomore allied health major, explained how much he enjoyed Mendez’s presentation.
“It was interesting to me how she incorporated her life into her work,” Castaneda said.
Jessica Anzai, freshman public relations major, agreed.
“I liked how she said that hard work pays off,” Anzai says. “Her work really does show it.”
Mendez’s work will remain on display in the John C. Williams gallery until November 29. For more information, call 423.236.2089.