In “Lumpy Projector,” Willis presents sculpture, projection, photographs and video to explore light, along with objects that explore light and create a space for visual study. Within the Lucas Gallery, Willis’s work will be presented using overhead projectors, light boxes and tri-chrome photographs that experiment with layering of light and color. The exhibition also features a cinema constructed of paper in which to view her experimental films about light and color.
Willis, who is from Seattle, Washington, was originally a history major and only switched her major to visual arts this past fall. She took last year off to live in Beijing, where she worked for TEDxBeijing and gained valuable exposure to Beijing’s contemporary arts scene, an experience that heavily inspired her exhibition. Her experiences exploring a place she had never been before, as well as seeing new things every day and meeting new artists, influenced both her artwork and her change in major. This particular project is an act of visual study influenced not only by experiences in unknown places, but also by a childhood hearing impairment that allowed her to develop a reliance on visual language and careful watching.