1) Over the course of Art 4 and Art 5 each of you has had the freedom to develop a personal visual voice. Please articulate the stylistic tendencies you’ve adopted, being sure to mention the process, materials, and subjects you have investigated. i think this year has been the post productive year of art so far. i was able to find a niche that i am actually interested in exploring. i have having a disconnect though because i feel like ive somewhat mastered drawing in this particular style but when i paint i lose so much of the detail of my original sketch. this is to be expected though because i don't have much experience painting but over the summer i would like to improve my painting skills so it can stand up to my drawings. the subjects of my pieces are adolescents who look slightly androgynous. i show this androgyny by making these children very feminine in the face bu then pre-pubescent and boy like in the body. i did this because i wanted their to be an air of confusion when viewing my work. people frequently miss-gender my pieces, referring to them as girls but it doesn't bother me it just proves my point. from an extremely young age we are stamped with these labels, as if they define who we are. we cant even take our first breath without being labeled but isn't childhood suppose to be filled with self discovery? isn't it the time for you to figure out who you are? how is that possible when i am assumed to be straight and a girl the second i enter the world. why do we have to assume these things. i want it to feel like the subjects of my pieces entered this world with no labels, no gender roles, no expectations, or stereotypes. they are in the process of finding themselves in a pure untainted way. i would like them to have male pronouns though, it makes the blatant disregard for gender roles more shocking. i would also like to add i am not trying to make art about being transgender because i have no personal experience with that but i am making work about growing up. what they don't tell you about growing up is all the questions you have to ask yourself. the most prevalent question i want to start asking is about sexuality in general (something everyone has to start to question at some point). this is one of many components of growing up i want to cover.
2) Please discuss the investment you’ve made in becoming the best artist you can be, including specific examples of the sacrifices you have made for the betterment of your creative work.
i've became very serious about my work this year. this was the year i finally decided i officially want to go to art school. i've been working extremely hard to put together a portfolio i can be proud of but that is proving to be very difficult. i spend hours online looking for reference pictures, planning pieces and just thinking about my art in general. now that i've thought about it so much i have t actually start making the pieces.
3) If you could re-live this past year as an art student, what would you do differently?
I would not put something down before i try it because what i thought was the worst project ever actually turned out to be the project that taught me the most since I've been at DRHS. i wish i would have submitted something to scholastic and made more work because it doesn't take me very long once i get started.
4) Describe an artistic accomplishment from the last two years of which you are proud.
Probably when I accomplished the 3 goals i set for myself as a freshmen. Those goals were to get a 100 on an artist study, be featured on the DRHSART website and have a spread in the yearbook. At the time they seemed unattainable and far-fetched but now they feel very shallow and unimportant but nevertheless I know my freshman year self would be very proud. i think these goals are so shallow because when i entered the program i was pretty shallow. i was naive. i thought these accolades would give me some kind of validation as a artist. it would show me but more importantly everyone around me i was good enough.Now that i have them i don't feel any better about my art. maybe my classmates put stock in my accomplishments but i honestly couldn't care less about those things now. all i want is to feel like i have the ability to put myself into my work. i haven't accepted myself as an artist yet. i don't think i will until i make something i truly love, a piece that was purely cathartic, something that actually holds emotional weight.
5) Describe your most memorable experience from your time at DRHSART?
Im not sure. this is not art related but i met my best friend through the art program and that is definitely work something.
6) Provide a little advice to the future students of this program to help them get the most from it.
be extremely patient. your style will come naturally with lots of time and practice. you are 14,15,16 years old you shouldn't know yourself fully yet and that is fine. Get to know yourself and explore everything and eventually something will stick. Also there is nothing wrong with copying art, copying art you admire helps you learn. collect millions of images you like, they could be paintings drawing, or just stuff that inspires. this collection of things will be very useful when you are trying to put together original work.