Vivi Anel

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My concentration strives to explore the idea of assimilation into American culture as a result of my personal experience with immigration.
When I was only seven years old, I was forced to leave my native country of Venezuela, due to political turmoil, and immigrate to the Miami. It was at this time that I embarked on the journey to explore my new home. I heightened the inspiration behind my concentration by integrating aspects which make my new home special. For example, the Cuban influence present in Miami as represented with the iconic “cafecito” in pieces 6 and 7. Throughout my concentration I developed this theme with the use of color. The first piece was me opening the door to this journey all in graphite representing the unknown, and I ended the chapter by closing the same door I opened in piece 11 except this one was all made in colored pencil symbolizing how my life became more colorful as the process of assimilation became easier. Following piece 11, piece number 12 was exceptionally colorful and abstract symbolizing a new journey, which awaits me in my future. Lastly, I emphasized the importance of 3 dimensional form, light and shade, and line quality in my pieces to show the depth and complexity of this subject matter. During the process I was specifically inspired by the work and realistic style of Linda Huber, and sought to represent the art elements in a fashion similar to hers.

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Paola Guerra

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Creating portraits of artists in the style of their work is the core concept of my concentration. Executing each piece in the style of a certain artist makes the overall design and concept instantly recognizable to the viewer.
Starting with a classic view of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, that to most will be immediately recognizable, along with a tongue in cheek textual reference to my focus of an artist in each piece. My work progressed into different genres of art. Including for example, Coco Chanell, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Beatles, you will not find in an art history book but are artists nonetheless. I worked to create pieces that employ design and pattern to create dynamic compositions that will impact the viewer and call them to view each artist in a new way, as influenced by their own particular artistic aesthetic.

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Sarah Lipshultz

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Through the use of mark making and design, my portfolio explores and examines my family’s experience with cancer.

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Ana Martinez-Oletta

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My concentration visually represents the feelings of depression with specific attention to the color blue.
As I progress in my exploration of depression there is tension between the colors blue and orange, representing the struggle to feel happiness when one feels down. Since blue and orange are opposite on the color wheel I thought that they would create balance in the artwork. Pieces 1-6 show the feelings of dissociation due to sadness by using different values of blue. In the next half of the concentration, the color orange starts to trickle into the pieces. Bursts of orange (happiness) contrast against the consuming blue to emphasize the clash of these emotions.

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Alex Reinhard

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My concentration is based upon the premise of a psychological ability known as schema, the conceptual framework of everything we see, which in simple terms, allows us to recognize everything we see simply by its outline. Through my work, I allow the viewers to test out their own psychological schema.
During my senior year I took AP Psychology which taught me the seemingly infinite capabilities of our brain, and the idea of schema. This is why the pieces in my portfolio have of one or more elements simply painted white. All of my pieces strictly conform to a realistic style so the images don’t become lost within the background or too difficult to understand. I made use of light and shade in my pieces to show the depth of the images and make them more dramatic, such as in image 1 & 6. I also found that by adding these whited-out images it inherently added a distinct rendering of three dimensional form as seen in image 4 where the dog looks as if it is popping off the page. As my concentration progressed through the year, I became more focused on the composition of the images, the transition from lights to darks, and adding finer details to give each piece distinct surroundings so the viewer has no difficulty using schema to recognize the object.

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Maddie Spies

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My concentration explores how dogs’ personalities can be strikingly similar to humans’.
With two dogs of my own, I know firsthand how human they can be. My objective was to show that dogs are much more than loyal and playful, and that they can be drama-queens, confident, and even honest, having personalities traits we tend to reserve exclusively for humans. Through careful and tight cropping, each drawing focuses entirely on my concentrations subject— the dog. I was able to render the 3-dimensional form of each pooch by paying close attention to where the light and shade fell on their bodies. I also used color to assist in the expression of each dog’s personality. For example, Slide 9, done in graphite, is grey-scaled to further provoke the dog’s aloofness, while Slide 12, done in bright colored pencils, is showing a dog who is confident in herself and not afraid to show her true colors. The detail of fur and photorealism of each drawing progresses throughout my concentration, and, by the end, I was able to capture the dogs’ authentic spirit while also evoking their dominant personality traits.

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Stefanie Tolchin

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My concentration revolves around the exploration of fashion and the feeling it evokes in viewers.
Through my investigation, I have found that fashion is not something that only exists in the way one dresses, but has to do with ideas, feelings, beauty and confidence. In piece 10 I played with the idea of turning a woman into fashion as she becomes the gem she is holding in her hand. For image 7, rather than using formal materials, I used makeup and photoshop to create marks on my face, offering an aura of extravagance as seen in magazines and on models. Using embroidery, glitter, gems and other mediums of the fashion world, I was able to incorporate surface manipulation and mark making into fashion photography and digital art.

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