Art student awarded Best in Show at statewide competition

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Following the prompt poem,  “For All the Children” by Jaki Shelton Green, eight Northwest students sent artwork to compete at the regional 2020 Art Showcase held by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities. Students in AP and honors classes worked on pieces in the following categories, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, mixed media, photography digital media and sculpture. One artwork was chosen for each category and submitted for the statewide competition. Four students from Northwest placed in their categories and senior Mary Beth Greene received Best in Show for her digital media artwork.

 

Senior Mary Beth Greene

Digital Media

First place Digital Media and Best in Show 

What meaning did you derive from the poem? 

I derived the meaning that children have the blessing of harvesting tradition while generating their own beautiful outlook on life. This poem emphasized the endless wonder and love children bring into a dreary world.

 

What inspired your artwork?

My artwork was inspired by the lines “you are the light bearers,” and “through the long nights you ripen a harvest that will feed our hearts.” The galaxy layer in the girl’s body is inspired by the Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh (which) creates the literal image of the night and represents the hope children provide. 

 

What was the process of creating your artwork?

This started as a normal photograph, but with photoshop I was able to remove the background and visually point over it with a blue color. After that, I added a transparent blue filter over the girl. To create more texture I digitally drew yellow and pink lines with the stars and galaxy patterns. It was a long process and a lot of switching between different editing softwares.

 

Which area of the artwork is most important? Why?

The girls’ body is most important in my piece because it visually creates the symbolism of light that the poem beautifully conveys. The use of negative space allows the viewer’s eye to be immediately drawn to it.

 

What do you hope the viewer derives from your artwork?

I hope the viewer is intrigued by the galaxy layer inside of her body. I want viewers to associate children with a beautiful, hopeful world that shines through on dark nights.

 

Would you have changed anything about your piece?

I wouldn’t change anything about my piece. It went through a lot of revision and it was not my original idea but with modifications and experimentation in photoshop, I was able to create a piece I am very proud of.

 

Junior Harper Brady

Sculpture

What meaning did you derive from the poem? 

I incorporated words from the poem in my sculpture, and I used specifics lines that influenced my sculpture. It is supposed to represent the uplifting words from future generations that reshape the world. 

 

What inspired your artwork?

The words in the poem inspired my work. Specifically the lines “we celebrate your tender messages that promise to reshape and repurpose a tired world,” and “You are the light bearers.”

 

What was the process of creating your artwork?

I cut and stained the wood, then I created all of the letters from polymer clay. I took a plastic sphere and put tissue paper on it and lights inside to make the globe. I then hung everything on very fine fishing wire. 

 

Which area of the artwork is most important? Why?

The words surrounding the Earth because the words are supposed to represent what children do and inspire.

 

What do you hope the viewer derives from your artwork?

I hope they see the impact the words of children can have on the world.

 

Would you have changed anything about your piece?

No

 

Senior Yasmine Abdelhaq

Photography

What meaning did you derive from the poem? 

Everyone has a journey. Their own stories as a whole generation we lead a path for others to come.

 

What inspired your artwork?

Just seeing how everyone wrote something different on their lanterns. Some happy about a new life with a significant other, but some sad about grieving the loss of a loved one. 

 

What was the process of creating your artwork?

I drove an hour to the Chinese water lantern festival. Once I was there I was inspired by the worlds on the lanterns and took pictures.

 

Which area of the artwork is most important? Why?

I think the composition of the bright lanterns to the dark waters. It creates a brighter path when the lanterns come together. 

 

What do you hope the viewer derives from your artwork?

How everyone has their own story and is going through something, but their past experiences create light for their future.

 

Would you have changed anything about your piece?