Provo High School - Grade 12
"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." -Hans Christian Anderson. Inspired by confinement.
My friends and I were heartbroken about graduation. So we decided to come together and have a picture taken to create the memories we will hold forever. Together we go as one. I thought of this just out of out of nowhere. I just started drawing and let my mind free. I like to draw what I am stressed or sad about. So I decided to draw about my graduation.
During quarantine, our only friend is in the mirror. How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror?
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.
I made this as a final project as a senior. It's sad to think I won't be going back.
Modern life is constantly moving. Quarantine has provided the population with some much needed time for introspection.
During these tumultuous times it's difficult to see where the good can come of this, but for me personally I have wanted to be homeschooled for years, and the environments I was forced to be in never allowed that. Now finally I have found true mental clarity and peace of mind, now finally I can do my work efficiently and quickly, and it's all in the midst of panic. This is why half of the face is yellow; to symbolize how happy this epidemic has made me (yellow) and the other half to symbolize the sad (blue) and guilty (green) feelings I have about it. The red and blue glasses are also symbolic of how through one eye I see the world as being "rose colored" whereas through the other it's very depressing, which takes over the rest of the face.
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.
I did this painting of me to show my unique character and how my mind and thoughts are "out of this world". It represents me because my thoughts are ever changing and coming up with new ideas, worlds, and stories. It shows that I can take my mind of off the real world and delve deep into my mind and my own world.
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
COVID-19 resulted in the cancellation of my senior prom, which was very disappointing. In this loss, I had a small group of friends who had already graduated step up and throw a surprise prom just for me. I felt so overwhelmingly loved and cared for in the midst of feeling like so much was lost. These types of contradictory emotions have characterized much of my pandemic experience, and I represented that in my piece with the contrast between the bright red dress and negative space. In this experience, there is joy floating amidst the sadness of isolation.
My work is about finding the light in these dark times. I decided to create this piece because I wanted to show that there is beauty in this virus. We get to see our families more and we get to spend more time outside. I added flowers for that very reason.
I'm a senior this year and I feel like everything is slipping away and everything is falling apart. All my plans are slipping away and all my hope and dreams are as well.
This pandemic has made me, and a lot of people, feel very anxious and isolated. All we have are our thoughts and it seems as though everywhere we look all we can see is the Coronavirus, it's all we think about. I drew a girl, surrounded and overwhelmed by her thoughts, to try and capture this feeling.
In this piece, I tried to capture the way it felt like the Corona Virus was taking over the world. I also tried to make the surroundings look both like the universe as well as the microscopic surroundings of the virus.
When this quarantine started I wrote this poem. This is a piece inspired by that poem.
Oh how my world has come to an end
Not just from disease but from the loss of lasts
My only graduation
As the world is separated
My life falls apart
Every plan I once had taken from me
During this global pandemic, just like most people, I have gone through a very difficult and tough time. Tough times and isolation can lead to a lot of mental health issues. To find inner peace with myself and my mental health, I took a look at my memories and confronted my demons. From my overwhelming trauma and past, I was able to identify my issues and overcome them by creating healthier habits. Isolation can lead to self-analyzation, self-analyzation can lead to self-improvement, and self-improvement can lead to growth. I confronted my demons and blossomed like a flower.
I made this piece because I was really upset about not having a classic graduation. It was really disappointing to have to finish school online.
This image represents how normal life can have an ominous darkness surrounding you but you can find beauty in the darkness. That allows us to keep moving forward in these trying times.
Phthartic means destructive and deadly. When creating this project I began by just drawing what I felt. It seemed like covid was taking over the world. Then one morning I awoke to the sound of doors rattling and objects falling. This is what led me to draw cracks in the world. I wanted to portray more than covid, I wanted my art to almost be a story. I feel like by creating this art I now have a good representation of what has been happening in the world. I am excited to share this with my future kids and grandkids!
My work is about us being trapped behind a mirror unable to escape. We are trapped by our own roots and no matter how we try to escape we can not. It kind of represents what is going on with pandemic being locked away in our homes but also represents people who hold themselves back because they are afraid of failing. The cracks in the mirror represents us trying to escape the roots we’ve set ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This pandemic has brought on a lot of feelings of anxiety and loneliness. It creeps into your subconscious, even when you try to push it out. However each person has the opportunity to forge forward into the darkness, which is what the candle represents. Everyone can choose to make their own light, and though it may be small, use that to keep moving forward, despite the uncertainty.
Copper Hills High School - Grade 12
Everything Will be Fine if I Stay Inside
Everything that we do effects the people around us, whether they are right next to us or thousands of miles away. During these hard times we notice more than ever how much we effect each other. Those who are spending day and night working on finding an answer for Covid-19 are the people who are making waves across the world. Their pure determination behind the scenes effects everyone and gets us one step closer to understanding this new threat. We are all in this together, and it's comforting knowing that our little acts of kindness can create entire movements that could stand the test of time.
This art work is how I felt as the quarantine was extended and was said to continue for the rest of the school year. At first, I saw it as an opportunity to work on my own things that I haven't gotten time for because of school. However, as time went on as I got one assignment done, another one was posted. So I had far less time for the things I wanted to do. Thing is, over the last year or so, I have a nasty habit of procrastinating because I want to work on my own things but I tell myself that I couldn't until I had at least some of the assignments done. That's just how I've been raised. "Homework comes first" as my folks always said. Especially my dad. But depending on the assignment and how much I did or didn't want to do it, it would take me all day to get through only a few assignments. Sometimes only part of one depending on how long the actual assignment took. So I began to feel less and less motivated. More and more trapped by the work that had to be done. The same thing had been happening through out this whole school year. It was suffocating. I felt like I was losing myself and everything I loved to do... Really some of the few things I know how to do... It was like I was falling apart. And it hurt knowing I couldn't do the things I loved because my scholarship was on the line and the risk of disappointing my dad if he found out if only a few assignment that did little to nothing to my grade, wasn't turned in. Because we all know we just have to get that "parent's approve" right? That was another thing that was effecting my motivation. Having those words breath down my neck every time I wanted to do things my way, taking a break, or just anything I had to do for school. It sucked. And it hurt. That's why the two girls in the picture are the same person and why the one behind the first, looks like she's falling apart and in tears. And the person in front has to keep going forward no matter how she felt. Because that's just what the world demands, right?
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.
My piece is about the fear, confusion and chaos that has continually surrounded us during this pandemic. However, the unique and crazy ideas of society are what hold us together and keep us hopeful during these challenging times. I wanted my piece to show the strength and courage our community has to take on this cloud of confusion and troubles that surround us.
During this time I've gone through a rollercoaster of emotions from feeling like I'm drowning to the relief of catching my breath again.
I was painting out my emotions. Two bombing blimps, the Covid-19 and the TOOMC (things out of my control) are burning down Dreamville. All my dreams and desires and things I wanted to do keep getting ruined due to these things. I am the girl watching out the window as it seems like my life is burning to the ground before my eyes.
This work is about all of the different personalities and emotions someone feels during quarantine and how they are all bubbling under the surface. In this work, it depicts a sad side and an angry side, and then shows the “normal you” that everyone else sees in order to not worry them when they have so much more to worry about. I chose to do a self-portrait in hopes of emphasizing this.
For my piece I combined what the virus looks like along with a sculpture of the earth. I wanted to capture the worldwide effect of this virus. It is not fired or glazed as you can see which I think adds a sense of what we feel today in this world, a feeling of uncertainty. We are unsure when this is all going to be complete, it is a rough situation for everyone. I added the mask to give another feeling of emotion. When I see these masks you can't help but think of those who are tirelessly working to help those affected by this pandemic.
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.
Abstract is something I’ve never really understood, and right now I don’t really understand the world around me either. I made this piece while waiting for my COVID-19 test result. I used certain colors that I associated with what I was feeling. I didn’t plan the piece I just put what I was feeling on canvas.
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.
The reason behind the figure of the rabbit comes from the Mayan Culture. The rabbit represented wisdom and creativity. This rabbit was created from single origami cranes made by my fellow peers. Each crane obtains a hate message, and the hate message was made into a symbol of peace (crane). The rabbit felt right because a lot of creativity and unity went into this project. Many of my peers willingly shared their struggles which in turn created a piece of art.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, my family has helped me feel peace. Like when I was small, my sister is home and all of my family is together again. In this time of instability and unrest we are each other's rock. I made this painting to show the personality of joy and playfulness in my life even during a horrible time of hardness and chaos we all feel.
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.
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…
Life is an unpredictable travel, one day you're in the top of the world and the other you're in a dark hole, we are always changing and sometimes you can't express what you're feeling and hide behind a mask.
While we are all isolated, nature breathes again. Endangered animals being born and mating, animals exploring places they never could because humans attend, pollution decreasing, holes in the ozone layer closing and waters becoming crystal clear.
The fine line between old natural medicine and "magic" of the Bongo Kongo people.
With all the negative stuff going on, I noticed the small things I can be happy about, and I'm thankful for the sweet little things I still have.