Rustler returns to share artistic vision

When Lenaya Jung wandered the halls of C. M. Russell High School years ago, she had no idea that she would one day host her own art show in the Seltzer Art Gallery.

On March 10, Jung and CMR art teachers Tess Jacobs and Jackie Van Heel greeted visitors, and Jung spoke briefly about her inspiration.

“I took a contemporary art history class, and that inspired me,” Jung said of her 12 detailed and colorful prints. “I was really drawn to that art movement, to abstract expressionism.”

The subjects of her abstract prints — which were created for her senior thesis course — range from old kegs to random, old walls.

“I like to look at things through a different lens,” she said of the up-close views of everyday objects. 

She admits that she received some strange looks from people who saw her investing a lot of time zooming her camera in on the fine details of objects such as trash dumpsters and electrical boxes, she added.

“I spent a lot of time in really gross places,” Jung said, laughing.

Jung, who graduated from CMR in 2012 and works at an art gallery in Bozeman, will earn her degree in photo and art history from Montana State University-Bozeman in May. Jung said she hopes to move to North Carolina or Las Vegas as she pursues her dream of working in an art gallery.