Bella Draper – What is real?

Artist: Bella Draper
Title: What is real?
Media: Acrylic on gesso board
Grade: 12th grade
School: Acalanes High School
Teacher: Robert Porter

My recent work is inspired by my own experience as a young female grappling with social media, the role it plays in our lives and the impact it has on our mental health. I started this piece, painted on 12″ x 12″ gesso board with acrylic paint, as an exploration of how young girls present themselves to the world through social media contrasting who they really are and how they genuinely feel. As I worked on the painting, I realized the piece is truly a reflection of my own existence, never more so than in this moment when so much of ourselves is presented only on line with limited human contact.