Artist Tatum McInerney ’13 has been published multiple times in Albany Road, and her artwork is displayed in the hallways of the Memorial Building as well as in the Hilson Gallery.
McInerney has always been interested in art. “My great grandmother was an artist,” she said. “I’ve always known that it’s what I want to do when I’m older.”
She is currently enrolled in Topics Tutorial, an independent study studio arts class. “I really like the fact that you can do whatever you want,” she said. “We have a lot of freedom [in the class], and it makes drawing really relaxing.”
Visual and Performing Arts Teacher David Dickinson has played a major role in McInerney’s development as an artist. “He lets us have freedom with our artwork, but he also disciplines and sets guidelines for us,” she explained.
In the past, she has worked on a project of a face made out of boxes. “The face project took about two months to finish, maybe longer,” she said. “The time commitment may vary from piece to piece and really depends on the project itself.”
McInerney has observed her personal growth and transformation as an artist. “I don’t think people realize how much thought goes into the composition of even something really simple.” she said. “You have to think about how you’re going to utilize the paper and space in general to make it something interesting—make it your own.”
Despite the challenges, McInerney remains passionate about art and definitely plans to continue pursuing it in the future. “It’s amazing when you create something out of nothing and fill a blank page,” she said.