The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) Edwin W. Zoller Gallery hosted MFA thesis exhibition, Mediate Miedo, by artists Bessie Floresgomez and Evan West on February 23-27. Bessie Floresgomez’s art practice focuses on social issues related to Latin American immigration, discrimination, and lack of identity of this community in the U.S. Her work stimulates a critical reflection about the reasons why people migrate to the U.S., the difficulties they face when crossing Mexico (if they come from Central America), and how it is to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. Her work demonstrates the importance of having illegal immigrants in the U.S and the difficulties they experience when embedding in a new culture. Evan West’s work accumulates the detritus of mass; mass produced, mass distributed, mass consumed, and objects, appropriated from a 20th century aesthetic. Employing forms echoing the optimism and utopian ideals of empiricism and reason, West investigates the coercive cohesion found in the apparent aesthetics of our perceptible world. He questions the justification and rationalization of the increasing disquiet of a particular American Anxiety, a subtle foreboding, perhaps symptomatic o the unnerving nature and an apparently ever-shrinking world.