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Psychology Department Displays Artwork of Alumnus

Alumnus Jordan Voskuil '08 (December) was honored by the psychology department with a reception on September 10 where he presented his painting titled “When a Ghost Met the Sun: She’s Half Stranger Again.”

The painting, a large portrait done in black, white, and gray was part of the former psychology major’s final project in Psychology of Gender, a course he took in 2007. It is currently on display in the first-floor hallway of Vander Velde.

“I have a passion for art,” said Voskuil, “and I thought this was a good way to mix art with my study of psychology.”

In the course, Voskuil studied the category of physical variance in people whose bodies differ from the standard definition of male or female. His artist’s statement explains: “Humans constantly compartmentalize in order to make sense of things, creating black and white understanding out of daily life. What is lost or forgotten in the process is that which does not fit the mold, the gray areas.”

This is the second display and reception held by the department for psychology students with a penchant for art. “Vital Signs,” Esther Holwerda’s ’06 series of paintings was featured earlier this year.

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