I was about eight years old when I felt and saw the power of color and how it’s able to communicate messages without any help from words. I was in Mexico when I saw a group of women with traditional Mexican dresses dancing. The colors were what automatically drew me in and held me there- the red of their nails following the red of their dresses and the white flowers in their hair matching embroidered designs on their dresses. From that day on color was to me, the most fascinating visual perception a human can experience.
Since that day I’ve been chasing to capture that moment in my art. To be able to replicate those same emotions I felt and with proper guidance I think I’ll be able to achieve that goal.
I haven’t decided what I would like to end up doing in my later adult life, but it would definitely be in the world of the arts. Character design for cartoons and video games had always fascinated me as a child which influenced me into making my own characters.
Fashion has also been a major fascination as well. To have my work be a wearable and functional piece of art is the greatest achievement in my opinion. Whether it be the fashion industry I dive into, or the animation industry one thing is true- the basic techniques and understandings of art are required to be a master in these fields, which I know I can learn from the Art Students League.
Frida Kahlo would have to be the artist to have influenced me the most.
Even though Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami are artists who fall into the areas that I want to pursue and are both artists who I look up to for inspiration, Frida Kahlo gave me something no other artist could give me- representation.
Frida being a Mexican female artist who was also openly bisexual and genderfluid gave me the confidence to see that someone like us could be known as a great artist and leave an impact on her community.
Judith S. Kaye High School
Seeds of the League Scholarship- 2019