Congratulations to the five students whose work were selected to be displayed at the 2018 ArtNow Exhibition.
ArtNow is an annual juried Santa Clara County high school art exhibition and educational program. The theme for this year’s exhibition is Perspectives. Below are the selected art pieces and the students’ interpretations of their work.
Because the theme of the competition was perspectives, I thought that it would be interesting to show a hardworking high school student studying, rather than being given an award or commendation. I wanted to show the work that goes into studying and how determined high schoolers can be.
I wanted to convey in this piece how technology is at the center of our lives. Sometimes we can’t help it; our eyes can get glued to screens. Often, for long periods of time. In this drawing, a tired girl is found on her phone at a late hour. I relate to this girl (and I know many students do as well), because I have gotten addicted to devices before. It can be hard to put them down once they're on.
I named this artwork "Essential Tools" because I simply wanted to showcase our most useful and reliable tools: our hands. We can often take our hands for granted. Especially in art, these helpers are used to translate our ideas and messages to the world. With hands, we are able to write, draw, type, pick things up, high five, pet dogs, and a ton of other things.
I've titled the piece "Artificial" and it is also an art study on the works of Lora Zombie, Jon Stich, and Ron English. Through this artwork, I was trying to convey how simple the act of lying is from my personal experience. Humans are compulsive liars, and the most common lie can be seen through the smiles of people as they face difficulties in their life with an artificial grin. We can never assume whether someone is truly happy or not from their expressions.
The idea for this project was to take a photo of a complex body part and draw it with charcoal. I decided to draw my hands and made sure there was a large range of light that was cast on the hands.
The title of my art is “Think Before You Speak?” My art always reflects what I believe, in this case, my perspective on the idea of free speech. Growing up, we learn to form our opinions based on those of our parents and friends. The people walking out of the mouth represent the figures in our life that influence our opinions so much that instead of sharing our original and true thoughts, we simply repeat what others have told us.