“Inside the Lines” captures the simplicity in childhood

ArtCNU Alum, Savannah Tilghman, showcases her newest exhibit just in time for Family Weekend

The other day I was able to experience “Inside the Lines,” which is a photography exhibit by Savannah Tilghman, showcased in the Ferguson Hall Gallery. The exhibition is part of the ArtCNU Alum 2019 series. Tilghman’s images in this exhibition bring life to the primary colors they represent. The purpose is to have the viewer explore each portrait, the varying colors within its frames, and to discover the natural connections taken from the differing primary colors to their adolescence.

Going to the exhibit I got to look at the pictures differently. Instead of looking at them as if just flicking through a magazine, I actually paid attention to detail since they were centered on only two subjects. I wanted to truly know why the photo was taken a certain way, and what might be the meaning behind them. 

For instance, I was looking at Rest in Pieces and felt a sense of emotion in the person’s facial expression in connection to the rubix cube. The three primary colors and the multiples cubes within the rubix cube signified to me a connection of delicate memories; Red for love; Blue for emotional triumphs; and Yellow, the color above the other two that resembled the fun memories that surpassed them all. 

The subject is perfectly parallel with the rubix cube as they smile softly, which reminded me that we should focus on all three types of childhood memories in connection to who we are now. The nude attire the subject wears resembles that this moment could apply to any of us. Down to our very skin, we can only hold onto our memories in the most simplistic ways, like from a rubix cube, and honor them regardless of where or who we are. 

Another favorite of mine was In Between, which framed someone laying their hand close to their cheeks, while as well admiring a blue bubble wand from a short distance. As mentioned before, I feel as if the color blue resonates a cold feeling in connection to my childhood. In addition to that, the subject wears black clothing, which in my mind resembles a dark history reminded in the moment. The subjects eyes perfectly align within the bubble wand’s round features, as if it’s a portal of some sort to their past. 

The subject seems to be looking from the outside into the bubble wand as if they’re rediscovering an old memory. Without a smile or frown, the subject delicately looks from afar with a light hand on her cheek for support. I feel as if the colors within this portrait reminds me of past memories from my adolescence that I wish didn’t happen, but it’s become part of my present.

“Inside the Lines” showed me how photography truly can tell stories through photos, clothing, and singular objects. A pose or facial expression could powerfully add to a photo and give a deeper meaning to the viewer, allowing me to interpret things how I see them in another aspect. 

I appreciate how Tilghman incorporated primary colors into this exhibit in order to start a discussion on a viewer’s personal connections to adolescence. This stunning exhibit will in the Ferguson Hall Gallery until October 25th, so go check it out when you can.

~Ashley McMillan, A&E Editor~

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