Senior Spotlight: Artist Kirby Feagan
by Emma Martin on Friday, June 7th, 2013
Among the many talented artists in the class of 2013, Kirby Feagan (I), is a true standout in the visual arts. Her art, including works titled Skin Deep, Alive, Girl in the Glass Box, Escape, The Heat, The Man, Pulchritude, and The Nature of Competition are mesmerizing and captivating due to Kirby’s uncanny ability to create detailed, life-like pieces.
Before Milton, Kirby had a great deal of experiences, attending camps where she tried many different categories of visual art: drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry making, sewing, and even set design. Upon her arrival at Milton, Kirby further developed her skills and created some of her finest works of art. Although she tested many different styles, genres, and mediums, Kirby became passionate about colored pencil. She loves the color and detail that the pencils allow, and chose this tool to create many of her works in her senior year portfolio.
Of all the impressive works in Kirby’s senior portfolio, her favorite piece is The Nature of Competition. Not only is The Nature of Competition a mesmerizing drawing of a ball made of human faces morphed together, it is also relevant in society. Though a bit eerie and twisted at first sight, the drawing reveals the truth that in life, there is no way for one person to be on top without another person being on the bottom; Kirby likes that she has been able to develop the style of “magic realism” and convey strong social messages through these “realistic portrayals of unrealistic situations.”
Asked about the secret to a perfect work of art, Kirby credits her patience and attention to detail that help her focus for hours at a time on her works. Her perfectionism is very obvious in her works, as she “won’t stop working until the piece looks perfect to [her].”
Next fall, Kirby will head off to study at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. She will continue to draw but also combine her interest in art and film, specifically within animation, set design, and art production.
Before she graduates, Kirby has some advice for other aspiring artists: “Take time to try out many different styles, subjects, and mediums as you can. It’s important to know what you like, what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about, and it’s equally as important to know what you don’t like and what doesn’t work as well. I didn’t really discover my passion for art until my senior year when I began my portfolio, but I never would’ve gotten here without years of trial and error.
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