This month, we invite readers to enjoy six new Seeds stories from students and alumni who captivate us with their shared desires to learn new skills and to realize stories and emotions through their art. We hear from Alex Hu, a student inspired by impressionist painters, and eager to pursue a career as a tattoo artist. Julian Turovsky and Betty Bui-Reilly tell us about their hopes to use their time at the League as an opportunity to develop dynamic and strong portfolios for future study. And Kathleen Halley-Segal shares how she draws inspiration from paintings by Alice Neel that portray working class communities of New York City.
We also acknowledge both Asian American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month throughout May and share inspirational reads and upcoming shows from AAPI artists whose work sheds light on healing, history, and identity. Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, daughter of Thai and Indonesian immigrants, creates public art in service of her communities, focused on creating spaces for collective healing. On May 4th, Just Between Us: From the Archives of Arlan Huang opens at Pearl River Mart gallery, showcasing works by Asian American artists and “weaving together art, conversation, mutual support and love that are the foundations of our neighborhood and community.” We also share the exhibition essay from KANTEN 観展: The Limits of History, a show on view at Apexart that reflects on the Asia Pacific War and highlights, “the ways in which the trauma of the past continues to have impact in the present.”
Check back next month for our June newsletter!
Leaving Behind Marks
I would like to continue my academic studies in art, learning more about the human anatomy and diversities in portraiture. I would like to pursue tattooing as a future career. I’m deeply infatuated with the intimate process of tattooing, leaving behind marks permanently embedded under someone’s skin.
All Walks of Life
One dream I have is to work in art restoration and conservation in a museum. Preserving pieces so generations can cherish art can be important and fulfilling work. Another career that interests me is working as an art teacher. No matter what I do, I want to always be creating my own work.
Art is All Around Me
I want to continue painting and the best way to do that is to get a head start on correcting the mistakes in my work and improve. I hope that at the Art Students League I will learn how to create forms that can support my AP Illustration portfolio which will help me get into my dream school.
I am not entirely sure what I want to do in life. I am considering a multitude of careers: scenic artist, animator, poetry book illustrator, etc. I hope to learn many skills as I continue to push forward in life. I hope to be in a position where I utilize every skill in my arsenal.
Camela Mercedes Pena-Marte
Realizing My Ideas
When I grow up, I want to work in the animation and illustration field and having the opportunity to study at the League would prepare me for this work. I have always been fascinated by animated shows; the idea that I could take my art and bring it to life keeps me going.
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s Public Art Creates Spaces to Heal
Asian American ARTS Alliance
Just Between Us: From the Archives of Arlan Huang