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IU Kokomo Art Gallery Intern Mary Schrock

Mary Schrock

Peaceful tranquility. This is what Mary Schrock wants people to leave her exhibit feeling in Upper Alumni Hall’s Art Gallery. Drawing from her love of the natural world, Schrock wants people to slow down and find themselves.

A fine arts major, Schrock, originally from Kokomo, claims a large inspiration for her is social change. “I feel that, as an artist, I have the responsibility to make a social change, and I think a big social change right now is to be present. If we could learn to do that, we would be less stressed out, we could focus more, and just be happier. And that’s important to me.”

The exhibit opens Wednesday, February 8, and Schrock hopes people will explore all aspects of her exhibit, which includes sculptures, paintings, and prints, as well as digital and video art.

“There’s going to be an interactive piece made of stones with words written on them, and you can take a word that means something to you personally, but in turn you have to leave a word that has meaning for someone else,” Schrock explains. “It’s like a living, breathing, exhibit for everyone.”

Schrock says that, above all else, she wants to give people a gift. “I want to give people the gift of remembering to slow down and notice things again, and be present. For me, nature is my safe place; it’s where I go to slow down. It’s my greatest inspiration for my artwork and it’s also my identity.”

Schrock’s exhibit will be in the IU Kokomo Art Gallery from Wednesday, February 8, until Saturday, March 4.

Last updated: 01/24/2017