Mary Minicky, The Circuit
Senior Kimberly Barry’s original painting is now in her possession after more than a month.
The painting disappeared after the top floor Bishop Fink painting studio was vandalized the Wednesday before.
“I’ve been on the phone with my family all day spreading the news,” Barry said.
The artwork was found in the senior studio space in Bishop Fink, behind some drywall and construction supplies. The vandalism remains a mystery.
“Nobody was there for it, nobody saw it—but then Friday morning when we had class…we realized everything was a mess,” Barry said.
When Barry noticed her painting was missing, her gut reaction was fear.
“My initial thought was ‘what if it got destroyed?’” the art major explained.
The 4×2¾ foot work is part of a good vs. bad tryptic (three part series) that depicts a lion roaring away flowers. The lion is in black and white, while the rest is in color.
Barry explained that the meaning behind the painting is that people say unkind words, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad people.
The work took Barry more than a month-and-a-half to produce.
“It’s definitely something that’s really interesting: people do bad things but have good intentions,” Barry said, comparing the meaning of the painting with the irony of it being the one that was missing.
“We’re studying art—it’s not like this is just a hobby for us,” said senior Natalie Gallatin—a fellow art major. Taking something such as Barry’s painting is the equivalent of taking a student’s term paper or presentation, she said.
“It’s not just: ‘I worked really hard on this worksheet and all my answers are correct’—it’s ‘I created something that nobody else has ever seen before,’” Gallatin explained.
She sees the theft as a violation for the artists of Bishop Fink.
“As an art student, you have to feel comfortable when you create,” Gallatin said. “You’re very vulnerable with yourself and with your peers in any studio course.”
Barry was ecstatic about her work being found, siting in front of the painting, smiling.