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Midnight Wonders, 2019
This piece of art is called “Midnight Wonders”. My main inspiration for this piece was that I was always fond of castles, especially Disney castles. When creating this piece I envisioned it being in a midnight like sky to make the mood of it more calm and relaxing. I decided to add stars in the background to make it feel more magical and give the picture a sense of wonder. Even though it is dark outside, the inside of the castle still seems to be wide awake judging by the bright lights that are still on inside. With this in mind it makes people wonder what could be happening inside the castle that would keep people up and wide awake when it’s around midnight. I knew that I wanted the castle to be the main piece of this art so I made sure that it was big and it took up most of the space on the canvas and made it in the center. I added clouds as well so that there wouldn’t be the castle alone and also the clouds will give it a dream-like feeling that will make this piece seem like it is part of a dream. When it came to the background I used watercolors to make sure that the background colors that I wanted to use blended in nicely. The overall theme of this art is to give a sense of magic and curiosity.
Red Dress One Room, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
People would explore abandoned buildings, go on tours and go ghost hunting. And in these old abandoned buildings where many children had played, their spirits still linger. In the past two decades many people always loved to explore and learn the history and stories of what was behind these abandoned places.
Letters to God, 2019
This piece is about the process of figuring out who you are. I made it when I was living alone for the first time in Arizona and going to flight school. It was quite similar to social isolation in that I had a lot of time to reflect on who I was. This wasn't always easy or comfortable, but I always had the beautiful purple and pink hues of the desert sunrise and sunset.
Love in the Time of Corona, 2020
The art work is about relationships in the time of the coronavirus. It displays how relationships attempt to last through the distance, juxtaposed to what it like to actually be single during this time. Being a teenager, thinking back on the past decade, I just began to bud and form relationships with boys. Now that we are in a pandemic, all the relationships are cut, and in a sense, we are all single because we are alone. My piece relates to the exposition in two ways. It represents my years of budding romantically in the past decade and it also represents the recent strains of the coronavirus.
Past Obscurities, 2020
Pencil on paper
This artwork is about my summers as a child. Often times I would be laying around in my house and imagining parts of the room shifting and changing. I was constantly using my imagination to make up for the time I didn't spend outdoors. Now that we are all home, all I can think about are those times as a child where things weren't so complicated, and being home wasn't as much of a burden as it feels now. I try to mimic these memories and think about being in faraway places whilst being in quarantine at home.
The Forest is Alive, 2020
When I made this piece, I was looking back on the fear I had as a child because of my imagination. I would stare at the illustrations in my favorite picture books and fantasize about the creatures that were hidden behind each tree, in the budding bushes, and under the water. The reason I was reminded of this time in my childhood and inspired to make this piece was because I had recently read an article about how trees are able to communicate with each other through their roots.
Watercolor on paper
Many episodes of the educational cartoons I was shown growing up took my favorite characters and I abroad, or underwater as mermaids. In an ironically surreal watercolor painting, I kind of mashed those two ideas together.
No signal, 2020
My artwork is about how the people of today are constantly on their phones and always looking at some sort of screen and I believe some day in the future people will have TVs or computers for heads. This relates to the exhibition theme because back before the internet was created people would talk face to face and go outside to see what the world has to offer instead of looking down on their phones or being isolated indoors playing video games.