Black culture, especially Black-American culture, is something that I hold dear to me. The figure on the left represents the past, and how my ancestors will always shadow and be a part of me. The figure on the far right represents various styles seen all throughout the diaspora. The figure in the middle represents culture as a whole, the grillz having gold and silver elements to show how there are so many overlaps and depth to culture, but it always comes out shining.
11 to 13 Age Group
For this piece, I developed a sketch with sharpie and pencil. Then I colored her face and dress with colored pencil. After that, I filled in the hair with marker and went over it with colored pencil to add depth and texture. For the background I used a checkered pattern from a dark to a light fade. To top it off, I used sharpie to add the quote at the top.
14 to 16 Age Group
This piece honors my Indian heritage, weaving the flamboyant tapestry of India's festivals. In the heart of a starry night, amid Diwali's festivities, a celebration of light conquering darkness, the canvas breathes with a mesmerizing tableau of the festival in motion. In the midst, a girl adorned in customary attire embodies Indian traditions, emanating a serene demeanor, a testament to our resilient spirit and the lasting beauty of cultural customs that bind us.
17 to 18 Age Group
The piece is named Flores de Noche. My grandma was born and raised in Mexico, and in honor of this submission being due on November 1, this piece celebrates La Día de los Muertos. La Día de los Muertos has been a part of my culture for as long as I remember, and my family celebrates it yearly. I depicted a lady dancing in a traditional dress on a field of marigolds. I also created an ofrenda, which is used to honor those who have passed on in our family.
17 to 18 Age Group
The artwork depicts the culture of the indie music genre through a portrait of the artist Phoebe Bridgers. Indie music traditionally is an independent, creative approach to songwriting and make-up. Bridgers is a well-known indie music artist who often writes about strong emotions and subjects other artists stray away from. The text above is lyrics from her song "I Know the End" which is about a desolate depiction of recent issues in American affairs..