Honorable Mention Digital Arts: I am fractured. Whether it was from my own mental health problems or from traumatic events, I have been broken over and over. I have lost pieces of myself and replaced these pieces with new, improved, colorful ones. I have put myself back together, much like stained glass artists do to their own artwork. I will continue to feel broken, and I will continue to add new pieces to myself. Progress cannot be made any other way. One day, my portrait will be fully colored and I will heal from my past.
I Am a Daughter
Category Winner Digital Arts: "I am a daughter, who loves her mother, I am a sister who supports her siblings, I am a follower of Catholicism which I share a great amount of faith for, I am a runner who chases after her morals and values, I am a dreamer who dreams of being in medical school in the future, I am me. This art piece shows what makes me."
Photography Category Winner: “Shy girl”, “Goody-Two-Shoes”… These are a couple of the countless labels I have been given throughout my life. However, as I ponder these various titles, I can only identify one that gives me a sense of pride and excitement. Dancer. Dance has always served as my outlet for self-expression. The photograph depicts a silhouette of an isolated figure performing a pose, surrounded by towering trees. This scene portrays the concept of a dancer persisting and expressing herself through her passion
despite the labels she continuously hears, which are symbolized by the massive trees. She confidently exclaims, "I am a dancer".
Category Winner Dance: I did a dance piece with my composed music because in my heart, I'm an artist. I recently went through a rough time and I wasn't
sure if I would be here today which is why I created a piece that is me from the core. I didn't pre-choreograph my dance; I wanted to
express what I was feeling and to be raw. I want to know that it’s ok to make mistakes. I am still on my journey to discover my body
and who I am but in the meanwhile, I can only cherish the simple things in life.
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