“We have created works about self-exploration, creativity, and the journey of life. All three of us are inspired by the human body, nature, and the development of our own identities and creative practices as visual artists.”
All throughout high school, I have found my artistic style evolving along with my identity. I have discovered that I have new ideas, new beliefs, and that I can be my own person. Now arriving at the inevitable end of this chapter in my life, I felt it was time to reflect on who I am and to re-connect my own self, values and loves into my artwork. This exploration has reminded me of who I once was, who I have become, and given me inspiration to continue changing and growing in every aspect of my life.
In 2015, I found myself caught in a mentally, emotionally, and psychologically abusive relationship that lasted for nearly a year. This particular kind of abuse is called ‘gas lighting’, a form of extreme manipulation that is used by a sociopath to make the victim question their own perception, memory, and sanity. The healing process, even now, is still extremely difficult for me. At first it was hard for me to function as a normal person. I lived in constant fear and questioned everything, not knowing what was real and what was not. After a few months I discovered the world of Buddhism and began to practice meditation. As a result, I have been able to not only heal but also to get a real grasp on my art and what value it has to me. I have been able to express myself and to show others the journey I have experienced without having the pain of discussing it through words. I have spent the past year opening myself up to full mindfulness and creating art that shows the relationship between my mind, my body, my soul, my beliefs, and the world around me.
My art is filled with growth throughout and I have a strong love for colour. My work often focuses on self-actualization and self-change. I actively try and work towards drawing people from all over the world in ways they not always be portrayed. Using bold lines, ink, and bright bursts of colour, I hope to make myself and others around me see art, as well as the world, differently.
Camryn, Kiara, and Emma are Grade 12 students at Ecole Secondaire Neelin High in the International Baccalaureate Visual Art Class.