Current Location:
Glenn A. Niemeyer Honors Hall -> 1st Floor (HON)
Location Notes:
HON; 1st Floor; Room 120; Near emergency exit door.


Sarah Waraniak
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 72" Width: 36"
Painting on canvas of an anatomical human body with grass, trees, and flowers in the background. The person's feet have turned to roots. In place of where the muscles of the body, each muscle has a different natural element including an avocado on the arm, a kiwi, strawberry and watermelon on the abs, a beet on the knee and pine tree on the nose.
Historical Context:
Sarah Waraniak completed this painting as part of her Honors Senior Project in 2016. On her work Waraniak states, "I have always been fascinated with the human body...Throughout my time at Grand Valley, this appreciation for the human body has increased along with my passion for nature and the outdoors. As an exercise science major with a psychology minor, I have developed a huge interest, largely based off of my personal experience, in the connection between the mind, body, and nature. The central focus of this painting is to point out this connection, which gets forgotten in a society focused on industry, body image, and efficiency. Few people seem to know the pure joy of breathing in fresh air and taking in the beauty of nature, or the psychological and physiological benefits that even just a short walk outside has. Overall, in my future as an exercise and fitness professional, I hope to help others find this connection..."