Schairer Showcases his Multi-talented Art

Sherly Montes Arts & Entertainment Editor

Students can find the paintings, drawings and sculptures of sophomore sculpture major, Joe Schairer on the left-hand side entrance to Earl Hall. Schairer’s work has been in the showcase display glass for just over a week, but he said he is still getting used to the idea that his work is on display for all to see.

“It was really nerve-wracking at first and I’m still getting used to seeing it now, but it’s definitely outside of my comfort zone,” said Schairer. “I’m not really someone to show off my artwork that much.”

Schairer said he has been creating art ever since he could hold a pencil and that one of the first memories he has of drawings, which he would consider art, were drawings of Pokémon. His love of drawing continued as he grew up and it stuck with him into his adult life.

The display in Earl consists of four drawings and one painting hanging up on the wall, with four sculptures sitting on stands at the lower eye-level. Schairer pointed out the last drawing on the right-hand side, which is the drawing of a woman, was the first of the featured pieces that he worked on in this display. The latest piece, which he worked on last semester, is the last sculpture on the lower right-hand side of the display which resembles, according to Schairer, “something floating through space.”

“Well, first of all, it’s made of hydrocal and welded steel, which is mixed sorta like plaster and this last project was about two or three months long,” said Schairer. “I’d say my work is based on science fiction and a lot of my most recent artwork is very heavily based on science fiction. It’s just something I’ve always been really inspired by and the idea for this was that I just kind of had this image of something spinning through space and that’s what came to be.”

As far as sculpturing goes, Schairer said he enjoys building things for his own enjoyment, rather than for the attention from others. Schairer went onto say that even if he was not a sculpture major and even if people did not look at his artwork, he would still be building things.

“I do it because I enjoy the process, especially with sculpture,” said Schairer. “That’s why I decided to make my major sculpture, it’s because building things is a lot of fun for me.”  

Schairer said that he was originally planning on majoring in painting, but that it took only one entry-level sculpting class called 3D Design to completely change his mind and his declared major.

“I took it over the summer because I had zero interest in sculpture,” said Schairer. “I figured I would get it out of the way because I didn’t really care about it, and then I loved it and I never looked back after that. I had no regrets, I guess you could say.”  

Photo Credit: Dylan Haviland – Managing Editor


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