The creative process was on full display in the Paul Creative Arts Center Thursday. Four students talked theatre, fiction, poetry and visual art during part II of Naked Arts: Creativity Exposed, the creative community’s contribution to the annual UNH Undergraduate Research Conference.
“These students are the 'chosen ones,'” said master of ceremonies and English professor Thomas Payne, explaining how the presenters were nominated by faculty based on stellar talent and hard work. “We get to show off our very best students,” he said.
First up was Marjorie Boyer ’17, a theatre major, who pulled the curtain back on her original play, “Seven Days of Alcyone.” With a mixture of dialogue and poetry, costume and soundscape, Boyer uses the Greek myth of Alcyone and Ceyx to explore trauma, loss and resilience.
In a second presentation, Boyer read selections of her poetry, much of which touches on feminist concerns, a subject she feels passionate about and sees herself continuing to plumb in the future.
Sarahanne Kent ’17, a psychology major, read from a piece of historical fiction she loosely based on her great grandparents’ experiences in Rhode Island in the early 20th century — and on their great love.
In an interdisciplinary exploration, Adam Nastasia ’17 combined his computer programming and photography skills to create digital still and moving self-portraits. Using an array of technologies, including a 3D computer camera, Nastasia examines the destruction, creation and transformation of forms. Check out his six-minute video installation at the B.A. and M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition at the Museum of Art.
Poet Stephanie Krairallah ’17, an English/journalism major, performed rather than read her explosive poetry. Building on significant emotional moments in her life, she composes through speaking, listening and revising out loud until she gets it right. No pen to paper. The result? Words born embodied.