Art and science join
Jean Kriezinger, professor emerita of the department of Biological
and Environmental Sciences, has found the wall at the foot of the
stairs in the lobby of the Science Building stark and empty since
the building’s completion in 2005. She relayed her sentiments to a
family member and an accomplished artist, and the magic began.
Dorothy Buley spent six months researching, conceiving and painting
(in acrylics and mixed media) an abstract version of
Menyanthes trifoliata, a
water plant on canvas. Finally, on September 19, the large 48 by 60
inch painting was unveiled at a ceremony attended by family members,
faculty and staff, many of whom work in the building and will
benefit from the striking artistic installation for years to come.
At the ceremony, WCSU President James Schmotter, Professor of
Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Tom Philbrick, whom Buley
consulted about the subject matter, and Buley discussed the
importance of the recognition and creation of this piece.
The lobby of the
Science Building is the perfect location for the painting, with its
white walls and crisp lights, which immediately draw the eyes onto
the painting. The cerulean-blue, lime-green, a shadow of blacks and
grays, white flower petals and sunshine-yellow reflections
magnificently transport the viewers to the pond’s edge. In
addressing the artist’s work, Dr. Kreizinger said “Buley infused her
artistic ability with a profound amount of personal images that she
photographed herself. Her sensibility was dead on and she was highly
Menyanthes trifoliata, a flowering plant also known
as the bogbean or buckbean, has white inflorescent petals, which
help to explain the warm lighting choice at the unveiling ceremony.
Buley’s painting is abstract, yet it grasps reality in the balance
through the pond setting. Each color stands out individually on the
canvas, yet the colors work together in perfect harmony to create a
resounding image. It is perfection created by Buley: the use of
abstract imagery to capture the very essence of a plant.
Buley, Dr. Kreizinger and her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and
Dana Dolloff, generously contributed toward making this installation