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2020 AP Student Art Exhibition

Welcome to the 2020 AP Student Art Virtual Exhibition! Click on each student's slideshow to expand the images.

Congratulations to all our artists for a wonderful show!





Alexa Esposito ’20

Joyce Gao ’20

About Brigida's Artwork

“My theme focuses on the development of women’s empowerment and modern-day feminism. It brings light to the suppression and subjectification of women. I explore the truths of the world that are often hidden from women(1, 2). I explore women of different backgrounds coming together to take a stand, as the background resembles a puzzle (3). I play with perception with a woman breaking out of jail, the patriarchal hold, in the context of the 50s (4). I display the misconceptions of a woman’s beauty and her intelligence relating to women in STEM (5), which leads to what is inside of this woman’s head as she is fed up with what the world has become (6). I wanted to depict the disparity in business as the weed industry, often criticized, is dominated by female CEO’s in comparison from male-dominated tech who lurk above (7). I emphasized the LBGT+ community in relation to modern-day feminism, as well as same-sex rights (8). This leads to a woman in a deserving relationship with someone who appreciates her for who she is (9). I explore the history of women who in turn pushed for the rights of those today, I relate this to women in Saudi Arabia finally allowed to get driver’s licenses (10).”

About Alexa's Artwork

“My concentration is called “Renaissance of the Roaring Twenties.” Throughout my works, you will see a connection between the popular culture, political, and economic aspects of 1920s America and how it compares or contrasts to the roaring 2020 decade we are currently entering. Class gaps widening exponentially, alcohol banned, farmers suffering from inflation, immigrants not welcomed, the Great Migration of the black community flooding in from the south, mass production for a better quality life for middle class families, cars and cross-country roads built everywhere, women experiencing small amounts of free expression through the suffragette and flapper movements,  the world recovering from the 1918 pandemic, and the upper-class partied like no tomorrow. This happened all while the once thought-to-be-infallible economy peaked and then crashed causing the worst depression in American history. A lot can happen in these coming years, but so far it seems to be much like the decade that came roaring in a century prior: untamed, chaotic, beautiful, and absolutely terrifying.”

About Joyce's Artwork

“In my sustained investigation, I delve into the isolation and confinement that one feels as a result of self-deprecation. These feelings are exacerbated when it is over-simplified as “teen-angst”, and all creative work about it is marked as a “failure” (1). There is also a lot of self-doubt as a result of excessive self-examination (2, 3). Mixed among these is a sense of fear for being trapped in a future where everyone is exactly the same (4). I personified this fear of isolation as Giacometti giants who roam around the city, searching for each other (4, 5). In 5, I offer a chance to escape with the small boat, but moving forward is extremely slow and trying, like being in a flooded traffic jam (6). One goes through the feeling of drowning hopelessly (7) and being stuck in too many angsty feelings (8). One begins to accept the strange arms and legs from these frustrations and sees “love” as both the motivation and the restraint of oneself (9). In the end, one allows the integration of limbs into the peaceful closing of the day, accepting the coexistence of turmoil and tranquility, togetherness and isolation, within oneself (10).”

Shannon Gao ’20

Graham Higgins ’20

Kayla Jendras ’20

About Shannon's Artwork

“My concentration is about growth. Using an original character, I depicted how young people go through the transition from unsettling adolescence to maturity. My concentration begins with a series of disconnections that my character experiences while struggling through her path towards growth: loss of direction (represented by the distant lighthouse), disconnection from reality (as if trapped in outer space), isolation from others around (3) and from her intimate relationships (4). Throughout this stage, she is trapped in loneliness and emptiness, unable to find anything that ties her to the solid ground. Walking down the spiral of her unsettled mind (5), she finds herself in a room—a disorganized room full of unpacked boxes, scattered items, and junk that reflected her chaotic mental state (6). In the room, she allows all her emotions to flood through her, causing a breakdown (7). However, as the character truly sees herself (including the negative), she eventually reconnects with herself (8). The reconnection has brought her hope and the power to change: she starts to envision a bright future (9) and works her way towards reaching her goals (10).”

About Graham's Artwork

“The idea behind the concentration is taking the viewer through a walk in the woods. I wanted my pieces to make people feel connected to nature by creating small scale representations of phenomena seen in nature. I wanted the viewer to feel like they were experiencing these without going outside. The pieces can be viewed in different ways and have different meanings, like how nature does in peoples’ lives.”

About Kayla's Artwork

“My sustained investigation was built on the idea of recovery mentally and physically. I started with an uninvited welcome into one's thoughts and experiences through life (1, 2). I began in a childhood filled with grief and unwanted thoughts (3, 4). Moving on from those times I depicted a sense of inner conflict (5). Through my pieces I had to find the middle ground that led me to a sense of rebirth, which was my re-entrance (6). In this life through art it's important to acknowledge the past while walking away from it and finding a sense of serenity (7, 8). Which led this life to the beginning of a new journey of acknowledgement and forgiveness (9, 10). It was important to me that it didn’t end in pure bliss. There are good days and bad, and my work demonstrates the polar sides of it by moving on and finding a greater, yet realistic, peace.”

Cadence trach ’20

Diqing Xu ’20

About Cadence's Artwork

“My theme centers around the way people perceive themselves, accomplishments, failures and surroundings. The idea of success played a major role in the development of my theme because of how failure is perceived by oneself and society, the ability to see and feel through senses and how that perception can guide one through life. Towards the beginning of my pieces, I focused on the habits holding someone back from success. I wanted to portray the self-destruction that people are capable of and how it affects their daily lives. The first five pieces are judgmental; (4), people’s eyes being washed away by bright colors, and the one unique eye in the drawing that begs the viewer for its attention. Through trial and error, I decided to step from safe, anticipated pieces, to a more idiosyncratic concept. By the sixth piece, you start to feel the shift of mood. By stepping into the unknown, into this mess of color, you find yourself falling. Your perception of the world is more colorful, accepting and changing, your brain is altered in a more unique way of thinking and you are finally free to perceive the world in whatever way you want.”

About Diqing's Artwork

“With science and technology further advancing in the future, robots with diverse functions are highly integrated into human daily life. TF1326 is one among various robots that perform basic tasks, and all its design is aimed to finish the simple work of dispatching eggs. By the story of TF1326 who develops emotion in a world in which human beings eliminate their emotions in order to live “better” without pain, this work explores the meaning of emotion and sentiment to people (whether it is a trait that makes us human or a weakness that humans cannot overcome) and reflects on the impact of rapid technology development (with artificial intelligence progressing, will technology obscure the definition of mankind?).

Summary of the story:
After WWIII, mankind has undergone great suffering in the brutal slaughter of each other. To prevent the invasion of misery, authorities order to suppress emotions, so humans are confined to live in small isolated rooms, and the meaning of their existence becomes mere “survival.” One day, TF1326, a robot responsible for delivering food for humans, comes across a small yellow flower whose vitality inspires TF1326 astonishingly. The flower, the only dynamic in the static world, cannot avoid the fate of decline. Experiencing the loss, TF1326 undergoes a change inside that distinguishes it from other species, for it develops emotional connections. With this realization, TF1326 carves a small flower mark on its body unhandily. As days pass by, the distinctiveness makes TF1326 feel lonely until one day it encounters another robot with a mysterious mark…”