!! Best of Show: Kate Lee – Controlling the Youth

Artist: Kate Lee
Title: Controlling the Youth
Media: Mixed media: charcoal, colored pencil, graphite pencil, and cloth all on wood panel
Grade: 12th grade
School: Bentley Upper School
Teacher: Artwork created independently

I depicted a child, me, being controlled by an ominous figure on the bigger wood panel. In contrast, there are colorful toys coming out of the child’s mind and using graphite to convey that the child is losing autonomy and sense of life. I wanted to express negative emotions and how they can cloud one’s morality. This was conveyed by the charcoal background and play with wood grain patterns because it asserts a gloomy aesthetic. One challenge I faced when making this was finalizing and connecting the ominous figure to the message of this artwork. I made that panel feel even more grotesque and eerie with the play of ripped cloth and childish patterns. Another element supporting this idea is the extended arm connected between the panels as it presents a mask and toys. I think that the wide range of mediums was helpful because it feels overwhelming in a good way.