Resting Bitch Face

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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30×18, Ink, Watercolor, Scratchboard

Lured in by the unconventional ideas that go through our mind as teenagers, I thought about the obstacles we face and the unfair societal beliefs that are placed among people who are different, allowing me to use this piece to rebel against the conformed ideas of what we should look like, how we should think, and how we should behave. No one should have to hide from society because of the societal ideas about beauty. My aim for this piece was to portray the unconventional and “ugly” side of teenage angst that people often pry away from, to rebel against society’s standards of beauty against people who may not fit into a certain criteria of what beauty is and to give courage to those who wish to stand up for themselves.

Human Food Chain

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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Each Mask: 4x10x3, Mixed Media

This installation piece is designed using a series of masks that I made from scratch, using three simple ingredients: flour, water, and newspaper. I created this piece to symbolize how society has certain expectations for what a leader should be like. Our culture has very specific criteria as to what a person should accomplish before they can reach the top of the food chain. In the past, Justices of the Supreme Court were white and graduated from either Harvard or Yale. I created this installation as a means to break this standard because everyone is different and has something great to offer the world. We shouldn’t put impractical expectations on people because everyone is different and has something unique to offer.

Potential

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

24x20

24×20, Mixed Media

This piece depicts my concern with lost potential. Something I have always struggled with was searching for my potential, and wondering if “art” was all I had to offer to the world. The beads scattered across the plane symbolize the futility of a single jewel, as it may never realize its full potential. However, if carefully treated and utilized, a single jewel can become a beautiful creation with great potential and worth. This piece explores my subconscious worry as I start preparing for college and choosing my major. I used black spray paint on the paper to create sand-like textures. I also used thread to convey a sense of radiance emanating from the treasure.

ID Card

mixed media, OCartistoftheyear

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13x32x2, Mixed Media

Design project at the California State Summer School for the Arts.

This piece, titled ID Card, showcases the importance of fashion and how even the simplest of tones can reflect one’s personality. I created this work during my time at CSSSA; the project was to create a design using black and white colors. I decided to create a dress that expressed my personality. Although I was limited with my time and resources, I managed to create a unique, eccentric dress expressing my personality. One of the first impressions you receive when you meet someone is through their clothing. Having been raised by a mom who studied fashion, I was always aware of the impact my clothes could have on people. My clothing is like my ID card, in which I represent myself through my clothing, even if limited to the simplest of materials.