Westridge Artists Run Second Annual Disassembly



Davan D. ’21 paints on her ceramic piece

On the afternoon of February 19, students and faculty of all school divisions congregated in the Hoffman Gymnasium for a  preview of artwork spread all over campus. In traditional form, students were then released to dis-assemble across campus in a collective scavenger hunt for artwork.

Students briefly assemble in the gym to watch a montage of the process behind the artwork

This year marks the second DISassembly, as it made its artistic debut last year, and has since become an annual foregathering for students in Lower through Upper School. Since then, Lorri Deyer, Upper School Ceramics teacher as well as a developer of the DISassembly event, announced that the anti-assembly would be modified to a biennial event, rather than annual. “We just wanted to keep it fresh,” Deyer explained. “If [students] are taking art every year, they’re always in it, and we wanted to give it more freshness.”

Those who wandered the campus admired the artwork they stumbled upon. “[The DISassembly] is actually really cool. We had a softball game last year, so I didn’t get to come, but it’s so cool to see–like Jadyn’s [piece] is really cool. I don’t think I would’ve ever seen this, and her notebook with all her sketches is really cool,” Allison Clark, P.E. coach, gushed. Clark was referring to Jadyn L. ’20’s sketchbook, which was put on display in the gallery alongside other sculptures and paintings.

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A page from Jadyn L.’s sketchbook.

Phoebe J. ’21 was also amazed by all the art put on display. “The disassemblies are both cool and incredibly important. The amazing visual artists at our school used to be overlooked a little – I never had time to stop and look at our galleries on campus, so it’s wonderful to have a designated time for their work to be appreciated, just like a play or concert provides,” Phoebe enthused.

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Arden M. works diligently on her ceramic piece

During the Disassembly, ceramics students like Arden M. ’23, painted their pieces while curious students wandered around. “It feels a little strange, having people walk by and look at my piece as I’m working, but a lot of people complimented me or asked me about my inspiration, which is really nice,” Arden commented. 

“We just wanted to showcase the awesome students but also the facilities,” Deyer explained. “We’re sort of dispersed, so it’s really a good way for everybody to run around, see that art is fun, and see what we can do.” 

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A painting by Elisa D. ’20
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Hattie B. ’20’s colorful woodworking piece inspired by Sadie Benning’s art
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A photo of stacked chairs which, when taken correctly, amplifies the concept of positive and negative space
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Frankie B. ’23, poses alongside her own ceramic amplifier shaped as a cloud.