Creative Collaborations Looks Closely at Undergraduate Research

At first glance, the painting displays a couple together in bed with the blue sheets revealing little more than their heads and arms. The woman is awake, looking at the man, who appears to be asleep. Seems normal, right? Sarah De Los Santos ‘10, the artist, says look again.

“It’s done on a nicely painted surface and it’s meant to attract you. It’s sensual and beautiful,” says the double major in art and psychology. “But there’s this layer underneath. There’s the skeleton. It forces you to take a step back. It starts to mess with how people approach it. I want people to have a conversation with the work. See it at first, but then learn something deeper, get to know it better.”

Titled “The Painted Surface: Approach-Avoidance and the Conversation”  De Los Santos’ artwork was one of more than 150 unique displays of art, research results and internship information at the fifth annual Creative Collaborations event Thursday in the Hahn University Center Forums.

This event, held each spring, provided an opportunity for the campus community to check out the work of more than 240 undergraduate students and 80 faculty and to hear the students present their findings. (Full story on Inside USD)