Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Diego Rivera Gallery

Seeds of Consciousness
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:00am - Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 5-7pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition

Seeds of Consciousness blends plant, animal, and constructed material in a discussion of intimacy, loss, rejuvenation, and the notion of life—as we are all connected. Works reveal acts of covertness and exposure, each artists internalizing their environments, resulting in a multi-media exploration of the space between memory and imagination.

Participating Artists

Dianna Lindquist congeals reclaimed print materials with vibrant ink paintings set against a pale matte film. These works make visual a world of hybrid species caught struggling to survive as a direct result of human bioengineering and the effects of environmental degradation. In contrast to her surreal plumed pigments, Lindquist includes a large-scale graphite drawing of concepts found throughout this exhibition.

Delicately patterned lace gloves float amidst lusciously engorged papayas of amber to orange hues. Momo Yao’s sequential color pencil drawings capture the inner sensitivity of the body as it matures, tantalizing the viewer with the sensation of taste and touch, dripping with sexuality and prolificacy as related to the liminal space of pleasure between unraveling and ingesting. 

SeoKyeong Yoon’s series trace the relationship betwixt all living organisms, in the attempt to accept these connections, although their eventual state is one of possession and demise. Penetrating figural lines bind with tendrils and disentangle at unexpected moments. Placed in inconspicuous locations throughout the exhibition are sculptural mounds, mammalian masses of fur—teetering on the brink of fetishistic delight.

Seeds of Consciousness is curated by SFAI MA AImee Harlib.


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 4:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit