Student artwork on display in Polk
The artwork of recent alumnus Patrick Stromme currently on display in Polk Library’s first-floor art gallery is meant to lead viewers down a path to their own idea of humanity.
The nine-piece collection of oversized canvas oil paintings primarily features college-aged individuals surrounded by natural northern landscapes, including open fields and wooded expanses.
According to the artist, symbols within the paintings capturing aspects of literature, geometry and architecture allow the works to “drift closer to a higher view of realization” as the subjects suggest how a sincere human being should properly act.
Through these images, Stromme feels the viewers will be placed in a more “timeless and universal realm of thought and purpose” after having been pulled away from the “here-and-now.”
From an observer’s standpoint, the mixture of recognizable settings and relatable figures bound within symbols of direction and structure leads to a path of self-reflection. Through these paintings, viewers are given a chance to acknowledge the magnitude of that which lies beyond the normal routines and behaviors of their everyday lives.
Take a visit to the first floor north gallery at Polk to enjoy these pieces soon.