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View the latest Ed Beaty Hall Art Exhibit, "Culture and Chromosomes: The Nefertiti Vanitas Series," featuring works by Aims Art Professor Sonya PauKune from Feb. 1 - March 7.

Artist Statement:

"Exploration, scholarly pursuits, and family have encouraged my overall interest and visual vernacular in how history, culture and identity inspire the world we live in. When I received a DNA test from a family member the 
results were different than expected and fairly dissimilar from my full biological sister. Surprised by the results, I decided to combine my visual dialogue on culture with DNA to discuss how they help define who I am. 

As a visual communicator, I always want to tell a story and have been intrigued with cultures from around the globe since the beginning of my artistic journey. I enjoy comparing and contrasting the way divergent cultures approach life and death through symbols and storytelling. With these seven visual stories I explore how chromosomes and culture combinations influence a culture. The concept of Nature (DNA) verses Nurture (Culture) plays a role in work and they also embody the concept of a vanitas painting, a genre started in the 17th century Netherlands. This style uses symbols to illustrate the vanity of life and earthly pleasure with the inevitable mortality of us all. 

The work in this presentation merges my personal, historical and cultural iconography with my biological DNA with the European Vanitas concept that embraces the idea that every living thing on the planet is going to eventually die. The world is also composed of the four basic DNA chromosome pairs: Adenine=metal, Cytosine=clay, Thymine=wood and Guanine=plastic, that are the connection to the building blocks of our world and my overall story."

Join us for an Artist's Reception on Thursday, Feb. 29, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Aims Community College values providing a safe environment for our students, employees, and guests as well as significantly accelerate entry into the auditorium and ballroom, Aims CC has implemented a policy limiting the type of bag and dimensions of those bags brought into the venue. Exclusions to this policy will be made for medically necessary items after a thorough inspection.

ALL guests are encouraged to not bring any type of bags to the venue to expedite the entry process, they will be able to enter the Events Center with the following style and size bag:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” W x 12” H x 6” D
  • One-gallon clear plastic bags (Ziplock or similar) are permitted
  • One (1) personal item such as a small clutch or wallet not exceeding 4.5” x 6.5” in size may be brought into the arena
  • Guests are allowed one (1) large clear bag – either the 12” W x 12” H x 6” D clear bag or one-gallon Ziploc style bag – plus one (1) small personal item

Prohibited items include but are not limited to: purses larger than a small clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, computer bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

  • Taylor Brown
  • Ariana Powell

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