Not all things on paper have to be words. For me, colors evoke emotions you can't describe . This painting captures the irony that Mother Earth continues to move on as if nothing is happening in our human world . The tulips are unfolding and the trees are in bloom with splendid pink and white flowers. I am jealous and inspired by Her at the same time. Shine on Mother Earth, show us what you're made of. This springtime color fest is your masterpiece- here is mine.
In the Polynesian culture family is the most important thing. Cousins are your brothers and sisters, friends are your cousins, and adults are your aunties and uncles. This time of separation is hard especially when you're so close to your extended family. It feels like each of us is on our own island. There's an unspoken island concept called the coconut phone, it's a term that refers to a sixth sense that Polynesians have when they know someone needs help or support. I'm grateful for my family and the connection we have, Even though we can't see each other right now, we are connected in other ways and that connection is strong.
This artwork is inspired by today's cultural events. It follows a character in the plague doctor mask and represents how we need to protect ourselves from the modern day plague. There is also a crack in the glasses that represents how we as a society are failing to keep everyone safe and healthy. There are many hidden elements to this piece like the ruler on the hat representing how we have to stand 6 feet apart. The toilet paper on his hat shows that we are find it very valuable and the WiFi symbol represents how we are relying on technology to get us through this pandemic. The name tag and pink slip represents the job industry and the graph represents the stock market. Also the tree and swing with caution tape on it to show that the outside world is a dangerous place right now.
This is a piece of artwork I created to represent the craziness going on around us. We are all so freaked out that we are letting things like toilet paper control us. It's a crazy world we're living in. Because of the craziness, I decided that the most logical thing was to make a throne out of toilet paper. I also created a dress out of the plastic that the toilet paper came in.
Before I approach a blank canvas I like to put deep thought into a meaning that I want to be portrayed when a painting is finished. My paintings express emotions and tell stories. Most of them are about heroism or spreading awareness about a small world problem. A lot of my artworks are influenced by my imagination and thoughts. My style can be described as imaginative with a touch of realism. I mostly work with acrylic paint, but sometimes I create with more than one medium. The medium really depends on whatever fits the concept I’m working towards. I start with dark backgrounds in most of my paintings and then add loose strokes of color or different materials to bring the piece to life. I also add bold strokes to detailed areas adding depth and value highlighting that “imaginative” depiction that I’m going for. My goal is to make compelling pieces of work that can make an impact and encourage people to take time to take in people's works of art.
This is a portrait I painted to go with a poem I wrote: The darkness shutters from below as the light descends from above. I reach from an immense distance for greater strength as I climb out of an obscure darkness, and into an open, translucent day of rainfall with an open sky of hope. A shaking ground startles me awake. Another spur of despair. The greatest anxieties run through my head as I stumble from my bed to a safer place. Hours pass in and out, the ground continues to roar. While hoping the ground will quiet down, Streets flood with the quiet breeze, clear of traffic. Several days pass as we are sheltered in our homes, secluded from the stillness of the world. Yet, on the ninth day more distressing news is released. An additional six weeks, tacked onto the two previous. How, we ask, could hope ever be found in such words of dejection? You see, that's all I have. Hope, optimism, and a yearning for a greater ending to my senior year…
Modern life is constantly moving. Quarantine has provided the population with some much needed time for introspection.
Despite not being able to go to school, being with friends, or attending church we can do so much! With our hands we can help others, we can create, we can do.
I went up to Potato Hill and took this. It had been raining on and off all day, you can see some rain off in the distance. It was a peaceful moment to get away from people and just take a moment to look at all of the city lights.
My artwork is about how we are all trying to protect ourselves from coronavirus, and how it is saving the world at the same time. I was inspired to make this while I was looking up how to draw a mask, and then I saw our world map, and got this idea.
This piece represents the idea of being connected even when we’re alone. We always have ties to other people.
Transform yourself as you swim through the expansive depth of the spectacular seas that have always been present but unexplored from the shallow surface.
My work was inspired by how right now, our world may seem “weighted down” by the virus, but once it is over, we will rise and the stars will come out.
The picture depicts myself as I carry the burdens of quarantine: exhaustion, emotion, and expectation. These words have been my life the past few weeks. I stay up late, I'm expected to do so much per day, and my emotions are to the roof. It's been rough but doing art makes it easier.
I spread photos taken throughout the last 3 years across the painting, and I painted in the empty spaces. On the piece are the last words I heard in class from my social studies teacher. This was before we knew school was going to be canceled. Of course, he was talking about the coronavirus.
Hiding from the trouble of the world. Because of the virus I lost most of my senior year and an opportunity for a full ride scholarship.
*turtle was fine
This is the iconic Flag being raised on Iwo Jima, but as you can tell there has been added historical moments and figures that has in one way or another led to this moment in time. Especially a moment now frozen in time.
I tried to make my feelings of stress felt through this art piece, how my life has changed from Covid and the feeling of knowing how everything I've worked for academically might just be lost from this event. Stressful.
I drew a person frustrated in response to how I feel about Covid-19.
This year has been very hard for a lot of high school students, especially the seniors. Since the school closures, seniors have held on to the hope that they might get to go back just one more time. But on April 14th the class of 2020 got the news they wouldn’t be returning to say their last goodbyes. The amount of heartbreak I felt that day was painful and I knew that I wasn’t the only senior who felt the same. But I wanted to paint something that shows we are not alone. I wanted to show other seniors that Christ knows exactly how they feel, and that he is there to comfort them.
My work is about the depth and feelings of the current situation with Covid-19. Being quarantined at home can have a shady side and a bright side to it. It can make you realize how much we took being outside for granted, and make us take a closer look at our everyday lives. This photo shows distance and proximity to the current situation. Because he is so far away from the outside world yet so close.
Sometimes life is in a dark tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel. But keep moving and you will get to a better place.
At first the Coronavirus seemed like a joke that would quickly pass over our heads, but as time went on it became more and more of a problem. Once our school was officially put online my art teacher gave us an assignment to create an artwork on our feelings about the current pandemic without buying anything new. I felt at the time that the whole thing was a little ridiculous with everyone rushing to stores and buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other items in bulk. I tried to portray that with this artwork.
I took this self-portrait to highlight some of the feelings that I've had during this new experience. Like many others, I've had a difficult time adjusting and remaining hopeful during self-isolation. This period of uncertainty has suspended me between what life once was and what life will be like coming out of this pandemic.
My art piece consists of 2 main parts, those parts being Chaos and Peace. Both sides stand out, but one side stands out more...Peace can overcome Chaos, but in my art piece it is the complete opposite... the Chaos side has people dying left and right causing Chaos, While the other side has Peace with a calming side of life despite no one being outside, and since no one is outside.. inside there is quarantine going on so no one will get sick. Like what's going on in my family, no one's sick but no one wants to get sick!!!
During quarantine, our only friend is in the mirror. How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror?
Millions of people struggle with anxiety and stress on the daily. Anxiety is something I struggle with even more so since Covid-19 became a pandemic. The picture describes how it really feels. Anxiety leaves me feeling caged inside my own head and it’s hard to escape all of the worrisome thoughts I have. Going out with friends can really help me to escape the thoughts or at least express them. Now that I can’t go out with my friends or have much social interaction it has made me have a lot more trouble getting out of my head. That’s just how I have been feeling lately, trapped. I know a lot of people probably feel this way so I wanted to express it using art. I made it using colored pencils and a Sharpie. I wanted to be able to blend and have things stand out. I hope this will mean something to someone else as much as it means to me.
This piece is more than just a pretty thing to look at. It represents the feelings of someone who is alone on the outside, but all together on the inside. Just on the other side of the mirror is a company of his inner self. A shadow, but just as much of him as he is of it. This work was inspired by the feelings of the artist when it's late, it's dark, and thinks feel empty. But not lonely. They'll always have each other.
During this pandemic I have found a way to cope with social distancing by going on walks and finding the beauty in nature.
I always tend to turn to my family during difficult times because I know they will always be there for me. Though we are all missing our everyday lives, what we can take out of this is closer relationships with the ones we love. That is what I have come to realize during this quarantine. So I have created an abstract concrete sculpture of a little family, to represent how I have found peace and happiness during this time.
My work is about what keeps me going through these challenging times, faith, hope, and love. I thought I would draw bleeding hearts because the name suggests challenges we may face, but I included my three words in each of the stems because they keep me going despite the challenges.
This painting is a trail in a forest with snow on the trees at sunset.
Life has gotten crazy, but this has given us a lot more time to think and be with ourselves. Despite hardly being able to leave the house, we also have more time to be outside and enjoy life more. I also wanted to give this a more "antique feel" to show how things have changed.
I made this artwork by taking two different pictures and putting them together.
I thought I'd portray how most of us feel now that we're quarantined for the most of the day.
The current situation with Covid-19 leaves us confined to our own homes. We spend every second of every day within our walls, but we are together with our dear families. These walls are our safe places among the infected society. We peep through the doors of our sanctuaries at the still-life outside, observing in disbelief as the scenery depletes becoming more and more desolate throughout the world beyond. We wait and hope for the day when life will normalize once again.
Recently life has been a lot like a Ferris wheel. During Covid-19 we’ve had our ups and downs, from being excited that school is postponed for a couple weeks, and later dealing with the mental side of feeling alone and missing friends.
My photograph is mostly about living in a home where people are at high risk. We still have to go out and work to pay the bills. That's probably the closest we've stood next to each other in a month. Our home feels broken.
The main purpose of my work is to show how I as an indigenous person view the world, focusing on decolonization and cultural healing. In this specific piece I wanted to show the passage of time in quarantine and how much I have learned about myself and who I am. I have gained a stronger connection to my hair as a form of identity and self, both personally and culturally.
This piece is about how situations like this truly show you the importance of loved ones and how hard it is to stay separated from them. How hard it is to stay calm and collected when certain individuals are blowing information out of proportion and causing anxiety. Covid-19 has reminded me to never take things for granted, ever. And for this, I am grateful.
This work is inspired by my Native American heritage. During this difficult time of isolation and distancing, we may feel stuck and always masked- at times we can be completely hidden from the outside world.
I don't have any canvases at my house since school has been out. I used my stepdad's vinyl record box instead and painted a plague doctor to symbolize the pandemic situation we have been thrown in world wide.
This painting is to show how teens are feeling during the quarantine due to Covid-19. Each person is someone I know that has intense restrictions due to the virus and the hands gripping each other is to show how we have come together as people.
The darker lung represents panic and the lighter lung is peace, we choose whether we want to live our lives-during these times of crisis- in panic or peace. In the past, I have had pneumonia, and it mostly affected my left lung. This is symbolic for me because I have medical conditions in which, for example, if I get infected with Covid-19, it can be very critical.
This piece is a self portrait of me trying to reconnect with myself during the pandemic. It represents how in many times of danger, one can find a form of peace and harmony with theirselves.
This is a picture of my siblings doing their school work. I took this while standing on a kitchen chair.
I am a healthcare worker and artist and it has been really hard since I am a photographer, I’m so used to capturing peoples lives but now that’s a dream.
My artwork consists of 2 faces each with totally opposite thoughts inside. The left is the danger and chaos of the world right now. The right is my smaller world, the people that make me happy and who is helping me get through this.
My artwork depicts the differences between society before and after the coronavirus. My art depicts the uncertainty of the people and the chaotic times in which they are living. The arrangements of colors show the structure of the lives of people and the changes as they have discovered more about themselves when they step back and take a break. The coronavirus showed people that they can learn and try new things without their routines and jobs interfering with that.
For this piece, I took a lightbulb and wrote everything that I was missing about normal life then, I broke the lightbulb. Even though we are helping get life back to normal by staying inside, it doesn't mean we don't miss it. When the time is right, I will get a new lightbulb to replace the broken one.
One thing that I love to do even during theses crazy times, is to be outside and in the mountains. It gives me a place to go to feel safe and know that everything's going to be alright. I used crayons and paint to construct the piece. Melting the crayons to create the color of the sky.
Mind Prison is about how my emotions feel like they are in a prison. At first it was not really bad, but as time goes on it gets worse and worse. The light to dark on the drawing represents it. The prison bars over the brain represents the 'mind prison' and the crying eye represents that I am sad through all of this.
My work centers on the fact that we all have a dream. We are all dreamers. Whether it be daydreaming or just dreaming while you're asleep. For example, with the COVID-19 going on, I believe it's not just my "dream" but everyone's, to see their loved ones again and to not be so distant from the ones we care about the most. Sure we've got technology to face time each other and whatnot but it's not the same as being actually with them. In the bottom left corner of the canvas, reads the following words: "She is a dreamer." I was not only referring to everyone else, I was also referring to myself. Like everyone else, I too have dreams to fulfill and accomplish.
I took this photo of my older brother. He just had a baby and he spoke with me about how this virus has made him anxious about the dangers of this world. He is trying to be a shelter for his new daughter. He wants to protect her from the dangers and keep her safe and healthy. His little family is finding shelter within each other. Leaning on each other to protect their family. They have learned how to lean on each other during these hard times.
I wanted to pick an art piece that depicted both the outage of toilet paper, as well as what it feels like to be stuck at home. Birds are usually defined as symbols of freedom in many pieces of art work, and this is exactly how I felt so I chose to create a bird. Flying, exploring, and singing in the clear blue sky reminds me of what life used to be like before this pandemic hit... free.