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School of Visual Arts

E.V.E. Erectus Vegetabilis Evitaneus

Annalisa Barron is a senior BFA candidate. Her figures come to life through her stop-and-go animated films.  Using mixed media techniques, Barron works with found objects to create her muse.  In Barron’s most recent creation, her first female character, E.V.E. represents fertility and a different interpretation of motherhood.  She wanted the Latin meaning of the actual words (Erectus Vegetabilis Evitaneus) to remain open and unlimited.  For example, Evitaneus means eternal, Vegetabilis, animate or capable of growth, and Erectus, upright. Barron liked the idea of upright being used as a reference to both morality and science.  In her on-screen debut, E.V.E. will transform both at the hand of modern science and the cycles of nature.

It’s been great working with Annalisa,” said Distinguished Professor of Art Robert Yarber.  “Her conviction, industriousness, and talent combine in a unique vision of the world, nature, and the spirit.”

Barron works with whatever objects she can find that allow her idea to come alive. “Through film, installation, sculpture, and painting, I sift through the debris of lives rendered material, the thinking behind modification and ornamentation of the body, and of the commodification of world around us,” said Barron.

The musical accompaniment incorporates a part for a blade of grass being blown in the distance. For the reference to the human body, Barron made a three-part whistling section and a vocal part without words. “I wanted the sound to come straight from the human body, without the interference of an instrument,” said Barron. “The vocal part was the most difficult because I wanted to create a sound that is culturally known as a ‘call,’ but didn’t want to use actual words.”

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