San Francisco Art Institute
charcoal and graphite on paper
Tell us about the work that you have submitted.
Under is a self-portrait with symbols of memento mori/beauty. As a teenager, I am aware of the beauty standards society puts on me and of how to replace the burden of standards with confidence.
How do you describe your work and practice?
I like to give myself a calm environment in which to work so that the work that I put out is as fresh and perfect as I picture it in my head.
What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?
I see the XL Catlin Art Prize as a really good opportunity for my work to be shown to a diverse audience, not only my schoolmates and teachers.
How do you approach a new work?
When starting a new piece, I usually have an image alongside a general meaning. I like to start with what I see in my head so the image won’t look artificially placed.
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