Emma D. ’23
Although socio-economic issues might not have an immediate consequence on individuals as much as political ones, they act like an invisible hand to society - unremarkable yet powerful. The ideas and media used accordingly are observed through my daily life, such as my broken flip-flop as a reusable material as the base of my pollution 3D piece.
I used multiple media to express the diversity embodied in a variety kinds of socio-economic concerns such as capitalism and environmental justice. The color choices are also symbolic of the message. For instance, the black background of my clown doll piece renders an overall dark, unfriendly atmosphere, while the vibrant colors used in the “Capitalism Found in Food” series lively emphasizes the seizing of power and money. Each work contains a variety of media, ranging from colored pencil to acrylic paints to digital manipulation because I believe only a mixture of different media can best express everything that each of my pieces embodies.
Yi-Shiun H. ’22
I am not always good at showing my emotion through words, so painting is my unique way of expressing my emotions toward people around me and reconnecting with myself and others. This year, which is the end of the pandemic, I decided to start a collaborative art project to celebrate my relationship with people that have meant so much to me over the past four years at Emma. I want people around me to know how much I value them through creating a vulnerable painting that shows all of the emotions and appreciation I have for that person and will be given to them as a gift at the end of this school year.
In this project, I invite people around me to contribute to my artworks by working on the same painting, sharing photos that remind them of our relationship, or telling their best memory of the times we spent with each other… As a freshman proctor, I started my first set of artworks with my PLT, my house parent, and the eight incredible freshmen in my hall. We created an oil painting with the theme: What makes them think of our hall (S3S)? People were painting small doodles on the canvas and writing down inner jokes within our hall. This was one of the moments I felt most bonded to my hall. Furthermore, I am creating paintings that remind me of each person in my hall as a response to their thoughts and the end-of-year gift to thank them for giving me the best senior year. I am happy that working with people on the same artwork helps me to strengthen my connection with ones that are important, while at the same time, giving me the opportunity to share my joy in painting with my loved ones.
Mia P. ’22
All of my pieces follow the process of my thinking. Starting off with the base color, painted over the canvas with a large brush to cover up every corner, corresponding to the base of my mood. A younger, more simple era where a singular solid color could express everything that was felt. This then is soon covered up with a myriad of layers involving additional paint, water, and a variety of other equipment used to merge the contrast of the colors to one another while also bringing texture to the piece. The layering also shows how emotions are both overlooked and hidden deep within oneself. This being the equivalence of the deeper, less graspable feelings that surface during times of intense emotions. Throughout the year, as my pieces slowly evolved into a more depicted showcase of my inner moods and emotions, it showed the evolution of my thought process and how it may have matured, or at least been more expressive throughout the months. Because I already utilize words and lettering in all of my pieces, I thought that it would be better to show my process and the representation of my thoughts with my title rather than an addition of words. The diptychs are paired together because the first piece shows my first and third layer of emotion and thoughts while the second piece shows the middle layer. They mimic showing people the nonchalant part, while having an intense care deep within, and finally an air of giving up and not caring much deeper.
Jenny R. ’22
The erratic political landscapes I have experienced, the blooming of my adulthood, and the boundless possibilities and uncertainties I have in the future all consume me. They are mosaics of myself: chaotic, irregular, but coherently orchestrated. A symphony of all those elements that affect and influence me every day is what I want to convey through my artwork. A piece that sounds familiar but distant, smooth but distinct.
I used different kinds of mediums for my work - an installation for my violin piece, Symphony of Chaos, prints for my anarchy piece, and marker illustrations for my memories. The mediums were thoughtfully chosen based on how I want the piece to be perceived. If I want it to be personal or abstract, I would imagine the outcome in my head, and match it with the type of medium I wanted it to go with. I thoroughly enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring different mediums. For my memories piece (I would use the title of the work), since I’ve never used marker pens before, the experience with them has been enlightening. Using the markers has captured my memories in such a permanent and vivid way that’s both captivating and easy to understand.
Zara S. ’22
My first two paintings of the year explore the utilization of mixed mediums. Spray paint and oil paint are completely different, one is the newest medium and the other is the oldest. Both oil and aerosol were used in the same swaying method. The first painting represents man and his relationship with the natural world, while the second is his relationship with creation as seen through architecture. Whereas nature springs up with minimal interference and doesn’t follow the will of man, architecture is entirely manmade and controlled. Every detail is specific in architecture, while nature itself has its own methodology of construction and design.
My large yellow painting was inspired by Willem De Kooning’s painting technique. I painted with oil paint to build up multiple layers and texture – rich, thin, sheer, luscious, translucent… but also incorporated my own by way using spray paint. The painting represents my mental and physical states after my rowing regattas. In psychology, colors are often closely related with emotions. After the race, all the emotions are canceled but left with joy as the endorphins start to release. Yellow is often related to happiness and caution. It’s the perfect color to describe my feelings at that or in the moment.
Inspired by Willem De Kooning’s painting technique, I painted with oil paint to build up multiple layers and texture – rich, thin, sheer, luscious, translucent… but also incorporated my own by way using spray paint. These paintings explore the utilization of mixed mediums. Spray paint and oil paint are completely different, one is the newest medium and the other is the oldest. Both oil and aerosol were applied with the same swaying method. Spontaneity and Balanced are a series. Balanced represents man and his relationship with the natural world, while Spontaneity is his relationship with creation as seen through architecture. Whereas nature springs up with minimal interference and doesn’t follow the will of man, architecture is entirely manmade and controlled. Every detail is specific in architecture, while nature itself has its own methodology of construction and design. Endorphin High represents my mental and physical states after my rowing regattas. In psychology, colours are often closely related with emotions. After the race, all the emotions are canceled but left with joy as the endorphins start to release. Yellow is often related to happiness and caution. It’s the perfect colour to describe my feelings at that moment. Within and Without is a series of experimental work. It describes the subtle feeling
The wooden frame represents the logical side of your brain and the weaving stripes refer to the emotional part of your brain.
Chelsea Y. ’22
My concentration is about exploring my identity in space, time and society. As an adolescent of a multicultural background, I often find myself wandering in between spectrums of different identities. Through interactive installations and digital CAD projection, I would like the audience to feel the dilemma as they move around the work. Using both natural and physical materials such as wood, and artificial and digital materials such as a CAD projection, I want to focus on what makes a human. Exploring the themes of humanize and dehumanize/inhumane, I created a model that resembled layers of my identity in different layers. To capture an organic depiction of humans, I installed a web camera with my block engineering piece on TouchDesign, which is projected across on my 3D model of the structure of my inner self. The installation reflects my identity in relation to space and time.