Student Art Show Highlights Talent
by Faith Pang on Friday, June 8th, 2012On Thursday, May 31, students and faculty gathered at the Kellner Performing Arts Center to admire the work of their classmates in the spring Student Art Show. An annual celebration of Milton’s artists, the Student Art Show showcases work from a variety of fine arts classes, including Painting, Photography, and 3-D Studio Art.
Isabel Chun (III) and Sarah Lew (III) had stunning pieces on display. Both young artists composed backgrounds that distinctly contrasted with the centerpieces of their paintings. Sarah’s work depicted an octopus, set in a background of geometric shapes that captured the color scheme of ocean water. The cutting edges of the water beautifully accentuated the curves of the octopus. Isabel’s painting, a nostalgic self-portrait, depicted her smiling in a taxi in Hong Kong. For Isabel, the geometric shapes visible through the taxi window represented the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. Sydney Park’s (III) painting was also striking, especially in its message. Her work showed a bird and a gigantic purple bear called the Nibu. “Happiness isn’t measured in pounds or grams. It is measured in sunshine, cupcakes, hugs, bread and butter,” the bird explained. The Nibu smiled: “Life is good.” Morgan O’Connell (III), had a differently styled piece. In contrast to Sydney’s vibrant, cartoon-like painting, Morgan’s piece was pristine. The painting appeared at first to be a classic “Day at the Beach” scene, yet the piece was distinct in its use of an unusual side view. Her unique perspective revealed all of the shadows that the looming trees cast over the beach.
Among the three-dimensional pieces, Cameron Park’s (III), Alaina Marangos’ (III), and Isabelle Carr’s (II) works were exceptional. Cameron, from 3D Studio Art, used wood as her medium. Her sculpture captured a running man in motion, growing in size. Alaina of Studio Art created a ceramic face with a zipped mouth. Both pieces suggest intriguing back stories. Isabelle’s work, a deliberate structure with taxis, cars and a stop sign, depicted the constant motion of modern culture.
The student photography was equally impressive. Many students employed Photoshop to test the nature of reality in their pieces. A haunting work by Francesca Ely-Spence (III)meshed a real photograph of urban buildings with stylized silhouettes. Selina Cheah (III) took an image of Julia Xiong (II) and then used Photoshop to transport her into a riverbed, giving the photo an eerie and somber twist.
Overall, the show was excellent. As if the artwork was not enough to draw an audience, free cookies and lemonade were offered to all those who came to admire their classmates’ work. The numerous talents of Milton students are astonishing, and I strongly encourage all students to come to next year’s show.
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