FLINT — Emily Borst’s sculpture “Homeward Bound” is part of the Language of the Voiceless exhibition that opened Sept. 28 at the Womanmade Gallery in Chicago.
Her sculpture of a whale, created from garbage and grocery bags is filled with trash that is commonly found inside whale and other sea life stomachs, was one of 44 artworks chosen from more than 300 entries.
Language of the Voiceless is a special exhibition honoring the late Nancy Hild, an artist who dedicated her artwork to animals and children that were powerless.
MCC art instructor Jjenna Andrews calls Borst “an amazing sculpture student who is very passionate and empathetic. She works so hard and does great work. When Emily discovered sculpture, she found her medium. She has an innate ability to visualize animal forms in three dimensions in whatever material or media she uses. I am so excited to see where she goes from here,” Andrews said.
Borst originally created the “Homeward Bound” sculpture for her Sculpture 1 class. She is very passionate about animals and the environment, according to Andrews. Borst continued dealing with the topic of ocean pollution in Art 180, creating smaller “trash fish” sculptures and one large sculpture.
Borst will graduate with her Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts in May 2019 and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Michigan or Michigan State University. — G.G.