The visual power of art can often send a more resonant message than paragraphs on a page.

University of Wisconsin Master of Fine Arts Candidates in Glass — Andrea Oleniczak and Taylor Kurrle — decided to portray the importance of equality and unison through illuminated words in an art exhibition at the Union South Gallery.

“We saw this exhibition as an opportunity to explore simple ideas of separation through language and the material of neon traditionally used for commercial signage,” the duo said.

Oleniczak and Kurrle believe when moving towards equality, our very language can be tested and questioned as a tool in an ever-changing cultural landscape. In other words, the re-arrangement of words and symbols tends to be broken down into language that reinforces separation and division.


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