A work in progress: EGC organizes an exhibition for a local art student

by BRITTANY HALL

You must become everything you have always dreamed of being. As children, we all had a dream where our standards were higher than our reality. Some of us wanted to change the world through written stories while others wanted to change the world in real time. One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century observed life through the idea that “every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up. Influential words spoken by Pablo Picasso and a conception that Maddux Bedgood, 19, a Swainsboro resident and art major at East Georgia State College, has no problem manifesting. Deftly soaking up every bit of his imagination and bringing it to life through his originality of creating form through chaos.

“Since I was a child, I have always had an interest in drawing and artistic creation as a means of expression.” Maddux reminisced about her bright childhood while sharing her most recent works at an art exhibit held in her honor at East Georgia State College on Thursday, March 31.st. “My art is currently being showcased as an example of my artistic journey during my time here at East Georgia State College, with my degree on the horizon.” One piece, which he named, Beware of the Dog, is a design produced from Maddux’s visualization of the only two feelings that many men are allowed to have and why it harms their being. “Beware of Dog was particularly inspired by my own experiences with anxiety and how it shapes my inner world on a daily basis. I only use black and white charcoals in this piece to achieve a ‘clear- obscur”. Other pieces featured at the show included Mirrored Reflection, A Collective Assortment and his personal favourite, The Jolly Bobcat, a composition that earned him 1st place in the 2021 Christmas card contest held at the EGSC last December. “This is one of my most stylistic pieces I’ve done and depicts the EGSC mascot.” After graduation, Maddux plans to pursue her dream of becoming a visual arts maestro. “After graduation, I hope to continue my endeavors in the arts as an Animation Specialist at Savannah College of Art and Design.” If you would like to learn more about the Maddux exhibits or visit them yourself, you can contact East Georgia State College for exhibit times and information.

Kayleen C. Rice