Posting Date: January 27, 2010
Meet Chasen Barry: A ‘no-limits’ artist
By Tabatha Wahlquist
|Photo by Linda Tincher|
Kennesaw State senior Chasen Barry built his first sculpture in the sandbox. Alongside his two brothers, he created sand castles and intricate tunnel systems. The boys were homeschooled by a mother who highly encouraged freedom of expression. “Being creative was something I needed to have in my life,” says the ceramics major, who recalls regular trips to the public library among the list of ways his mother fostered that creativity.
When it came time for college, Chasen was encouraged to stay close to home by incentives like the Hope scholarship. After a campus tour, he decided KSU was where he wanted to learn and grow as an artist. “I was really impressed with the art school and its facilities." Chasen credits art professors Keith Smith, Don Robson and Robert Sherer for the success he has had as an art student at KSU. “They push me to do things outside my comfort zone—beyond my skill level—so that I expand. They give me the drive to tackle things on my own,” he says.
“Chasen is an excellent student that is inherently uncompromising in creating work that is thoughtful and well crafted,” says Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Foundry Keith Smith. “I have watched Chasen's work mature over the past couple of semesters in both form and concept, and I appreciate his participation in the department both in and out of class. He helps incoming students that are just learning the process, and he continues to push himself."
Chasen has achieved much acclaim while attending KSU. In 2007, his work appeared in the Best of Kennesaw Student Art Exhibition. He was also commissioned by Sara Crawford of KSU Underground Theatre and Film to paint a portrait of a character from her play, “Painted.” This year, Chasen was awarded first place in visual arts for sculpture at the Visions Student Art Exhibition at KSU. Perhaps his greatest achievement came last semester when he had the opportunity to study at Washington State for two months under the direction of premier ceramic artist Beth Cavener Stichter.
Originally a painter, Chasen made the switch to ceramics because of his love for sculpting. While now a ceramics major, Chasen considers himself to be a mixed media artist. He does not believe in limiting himself to one medium, so he continues to paint as well. He sees his art as an extension of himself—a means of expressing his personality—and relishes each opportunity to create regardless of what method he uses.
After graduation, Chasen would like to attend graduate school to further his studies. He also wants to continue sculpting. “If I have to work to support myself while selling objects that’s fine. I want to make objects more than money.”