When I create art, I feel awake. I feel like my eyes are bigger and that the world is at my fingertips, only a heartbeat away. All I must do is grab at it, rip it out of my head and there it is: newness, something that never would have existed, something for which to exist. A reason for being human. When I grow up, I want to be a moment collector because so much time slips away, forgotten in the deep well of life. I like to keep parts of life in art. Art is my lifeline. When my brain begins spiraling the only thing that brings me back to life is creation.

This is a world full of tired, forgetful people, and I’d like to think I can wake people up and remind them how much beauty gets forgotten. I don’t really know who I am. All I know for sure is that I want to get better at something that makes me truly happy, and art makes me happy. I like a lot of different art forms, especially watercolors and needle felting. I’m excited to jump into this because I’m a little scared of not being good enough for art school or whatever I end up doing with art… this feels important.

City-As-School High School
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation-2022

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