Audrey Lamendola

Audrey Lamendola is a Junior BFA Studio Major at Nazareth College from Rochester New York. She has a concentration in both Metalsmithing and Printmaking. Her metalsmithing work is focused heavily on using the human body and human interactions to explore AFAB (a female at birth) experiences. She’s been accepted into three juried exhibitions and she has shown twice in the Nazareth College Student Art Show. She has received two awards for her work, “228,” the President Beth Paul Award and the Academic Affairs Provost Maureen Finney Award.

Isabel Hilliker is a Junior Art Education Major at Nazareth College from Chittenango New York. She has been accepted and shown in the juried Nazareth College Student Art Show, along with receiving the Shelly Swicegood & Judge’s Award for her piece “Keeper of the Keys”. Hilliker also has worked as the Student Coordinator for the Nazareth Student Art Show, as well as one of the Volunteer Coordinators for Nazareth College’s trip to NYSATA.

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228

Date of Creation: October 16, 2022

List of Materials: Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel Coat Hangers

Dimensions: 18.5 in x 20 in x 20 in

Photographer's Name: Isabel Hilliker

Model's Name: Audrey Lamendola

Other Contributors: Isabel Hilliker - Photographer

Conceptual Statement: The piece, “228,” was made in reaction to the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 22,800 AFAB(a female at birth) individuals die each year worldwide due to complications from unsafe abortions. 228 butterflies are used in this piece to represent the 22,800 people who die each year due to restrictions on the right to safe abortion. Lamendola believes the lack of separation between church and state has resulted in the overturn of Roe v Wade. The crown of coat hangers is made in reference to the biblical crown of thorns to symbolize that we are sacrificing innocent AFAB individuals to a religion. This is paired with the ichthys fish around the neck. The two parts come together to create the illusion of an angelic form, showing how the people forcing their beliefs onto others perceive themselves, as well as the overturn as something holy and good. This piece commemorates those who have and will be lost due to the denial of bodily autonomy.

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