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  • Emily Cheek '03
  • Daisy
  • 2003
  • Pigment sticks with India ink on paper
  • 49.25 x 53.5 inches
  • Windgate Museum of Art Collection

Emily Cheek created Daisy during her junior year at Hendrix, during a workshop with visiting artist Hugh O’Donnell. Throughout the workshop, students used produce to study the composition of life. They chopped up fruits, berries, and vegetables, then created large-scale depictions of each with pigment sticks and india ink. Cheek picked a daisy on campus and used it in this same process. At the end of O’Donnell’s visit, faculty hung Daisy in Trieschmann, before ultimately purchasing it for Hendrix’s permanent collection. Cheek loves getting to remain on campus via her work and, through Daisy’s acquisition, feels embedded in an artistic history bigger than herself.

Cheek first heard about Hendrix during a college fair in high school. Though she initially signed up for a visit day as an excuse to miss school and travel with a friend, she immediately fell in love with the campus and its intimate, inviting atmosphere. As a Hendrix student, Cheek took as many Fine Art and Art History courses as possible, and fondly remembers learning from Professor Matthew Lopas, Professor Maxine Payne, and Dr. Rod Miller. She also served as visual arts editor of the Aonian during her senior year.

Cheek graduated in 2003 with a Studio Art major and painting emphasis. After graduation, she spent several years working as a professional artist and gallery assistant in Dallas, Texas. She now works as a healthcare professional in the same city. Though her primary job no longer revolves around the Arts, Cheek still practices art when she finds the time and is grateful for every opportunity to do so.