VIVID Senior Thesis Artist Talk

Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Jantzi


Arts and Sciences


Communications and Visual Arts

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


According to Healthline, intrusive thoughts are explained as “unexpected images or thoughts that seem to pop into your head”. My series of three acrylic paintings titled VIVID, serve to encapsulate the words and images that manifest in and out of my consciousness. In the form of controlled chaos, words from my thoughts will be echoed across a painted page along with spontaneous images that push themselves to the forefront of my mind. My thoughts are often much like fast fashion, picking up trends and dropping them when another trend captures my attention, and this series will follow suit. The VIVID series will consist of self-portraits as well as a collection of objects both painted and adhered to the surface of the paper. These paintings are constructed to convey the spontaneity of the thoughts and ideas that flow through me. This series of paintings are intimate, providing secret parts of my life, and most importantly an homage to neurodiversity

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Kayla Smith is a senior at Valparaiso University. During her time she has expressed an affinity for self portraiture, however she has never expressed what lies within. Her series VIVID works to broadcast both interior and exterior.

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