July 2, 2022

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The Accomplished Art Purveyors

LCU professor makes animals, trash appealing in Art Festival |

Goats and rabbits and sheep? Oh my! 

Louisiana Christian College Art Professor WangLing Chou gets lots of variation on that exclamation from her learners who may come across them selves on any supplied day creating pottery although a goat nibbles on their shoelaces. 

Recently, she commenced carrying out “goat ceramics,” and it is gotten some buzz about campus. There’s goat yoga why not goat ceramics? 

“They [goats] are extremely therapeutic,” she stated. “They just stroll around the course, and they are incredibly sluggish. The students like it. The goats will test to drink from their h2o buckets, nibble on their pant legs. I generally provide a goat in the moment a semester if the students are superior. Plus, animals are the most effective types.” 

Chou’s most current operate “Two Rooster Tea Pots” gained a merit award at the 54th Yearly Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Pageant in Alexandria in April. In excess of the several years, she has acquired considerably recognition for her unique use of trash to express her philozoic life. Her really like of animals permeate everything she does. 

Chou claimed she is pleased to participate in this arts festival regularly, as it is important to the Central Louisiana group and functions outstanding original operates. 

“I need to be equipped to clearly show my college students I am still artistic,” she explained. “Besides educating, I’m usually building my get the job done. My do the job facilities on my really like of animals.” 

Fellow LCU college member Kathleen McGinty-Johnson, director of the ESL system and  English teacher, stated she has cherished Chou’s artwork for a lot of several years.

“Ling’s artwork offers new daily life to the issues we look at to be trash,” McGinty-Johnson reported.  “What I really like is the way that she incorporates her enjoy for animals and nature in her  pieces. Her before function usually showcased rabbits, but as she proceeds to increase her menagerie  (sheep, cows, goats, and a horse), she more and more focuses on them as her subjects.” 

Chou, who is a native of Taiwan, has taught at Louisiana Christian University for 14 decades. She and her spouse Matthew Stokes, an LC alumnus who teaches English at Louisiana Condition College – Alexandria, have 25 animals currently—a horse, donkey, calf, goat, sheep, cats and canines. 

“I mainly educate rookies,” she explained. “I go to the essentials. The additional decades I teach, I like the fundamentals, the very simple matters. I can see the elegance in the beginner. They cannot see it— the innocence, but the beginners’ purity is so beautiful.” 

Chou admits she finds beauty in weird places—like points most folks discard. “I despise trash,” she claimed. “Everything wants to get the most effective use it can.” 

She appears to be for methods to reuse points creatively. Many of her artwork performs choose their forms from recycled soda bottles. 

“I consider this issue, this Coke bottle, for occasion, that was only used after, and I inquire how can I use it once more,” Chou mentioned. “I press and change it. And straight away, I see it is a rooster. I give trash everyday living and character.” 

Her individuality can be seen in the question and pop art really feel of her get the job done, and it resonates with her students, who normally deliver her stunning rubbish, like eye-catching packaging that has been discarded but can be reused in art initiatives. 

“My college students really like me so much they provide me trash,” Chou laughs. 

Jocelyn Holt, a junior studio art significant concentrating in ceramics from Salinas, California,  claimed Chou’s art is inspiring.  

“She has these a sturdy style that demonstrates via in all her do the job,” Holt stated. “I enjoy how she  incorporates her love for farming and her animals into her perform and I aspire to do the  very same just one working day. Ling Chou is not only my professor, she is like a mentor to me, and my life  has endlessly been adjusted due to the fact I fulfilled her.”  

An additional former college student of Chou who graduated from LCU in 2019, Michael Williams, of Pineville, mentioned she pushed him out of his consolation zone—so much so that he is now completing his MFA at Mississippi Faculty.

“She had me coming into juried art exhibitions before I would have pushed myself to do so,” Williams mentioned. “She constantly pushed me to go further more with my art, by no means permitting me to settle. I realized I desired to pursue a profession in ceramics in some variety right after my first course with Ling.” 

LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer stated Chou’s artwork is a reminder that the Lord, also, can consider trash, broken and discarded objects and change them into masterpieces. 

“Chou’s work is a faithful reminder of the transformational work of the Lord who normally takes our  brokenness and delivers restoration,” Brewer said. God majors in producing pottery from  clay. This worldview is at the heart of the Louisiana Christian College educational  working experience.”