As Above, So Below: 2020 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
As Above, So Below
2020 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA at Tufts
April 13-26, Closed Monday, April 19th
Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue, Medford
Open Mon–Fri, 10 am–5 pm, Closed weekends
Access limited to Tufts students, faculty, and staff with an active Tufts ID.
Featuring the work of: Cameron Barker, Chelsey Becker, Mia Fabrizio, Billy Foshay, Elizabeth LaPides, Sally Lee, Marla McLeod, Ralph Robinson, Gil Spears, and Denise Waite
As Above, So Below presents work from members of last year’s 2020 Master of Fine Arts SMFA at Tufts graduating class who, due to the pandemic, did not get the opportunity to install their work for an in-person thesis exhibition. For each artist, the presentation represents a capstone of two years of work in the SMFA at Tufts graduate program.
Often attributed to ancient author Hermes Trismegistus, the phrase “as above, so below” describes how everyday earthly events reflect the larger forces of the universe or heavens above. Students gravitated to the phrase as a way to connect the microcosm of their own daily lives and individual artistic practices to a larger macrocosm governed by the cosmic and social, political, and economic systems outside our grasp and control. The exhibition was titled before the Covid-19 pandemic, and little did anyone realize just how much larger realities would soon change and reorganize even the most small-scale activities of daily life.