IT

BY SEOYOON LEE

I poured water on a mirror and blended watercolor to create an abstract pattern. Swirling colors represent hope and belief I find myself within when I turn off the judgmental voice that whispers information endlessly.

SEOYOON LEE is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is an artist to the core: aside from photography, Seoyoon dabbles in screenwriting, poetry, creative writing, drawing, dance film production, and various genres of dance choreography. She hopes to own her own entertainment company one day. 

kiss

BY YINGEN POH

The materials used in this price include Prismacolor, white ball point pen, 0.5 pencil, and 4x7 tan paper. This piece is meant to portray desire and want in an individual and how they can be a driving force of motivation. A self-aware individual’s desire to be what they idolize and envy in another can come as a form of self-improvement as they reach for their goal. When your fingertips are finally able to kiss the surface of your goal, nothing is more rewarding.

YINGEN POH was born in Malaysia and moved to the states when she was three. Being an artist has always been a huge part of her identity and she hopes to inspire others to create art through her work. 

fleeting memories

BY EDWARD ZHANG

I created this painting around the same time that my great-grandmother passed away. The inspiration for this piece came from her, because when she was still with us, she loved to travel to different places, and would always tell us stories about her experiences. In a way this piece was a tribute to her.

EDWARD ZHANG is currently a junior at Palo Alto High School in California. He has won two Scholastic Art & Awards and earned a certificate of special recognition in his district's Congressional Art Competition. Edward enjoys using acrylics to depict portraits and human figures. Additionally, he writes articles about foreign policy for his school's Agora magazine. In his free time, he walks his dog Snowy.

blacked out victoria harbor

BY JOHN CHOW

Taken while traveling to Hong Kong, it depicts the somewhat iconic view of the crimson-masted Aqua Luna junk boat in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The photograph was edited both to highlight the elegance of the historically authentic ship and to somewhat resemble the colors of the bloodstained Black Bauhinia flag of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

JOHN CHOW is a high school student and amateur photographer. Starting with the budget camera his dad bought for himself, which he went on to steal, John grew to love the art form and developed his ability as he went from elementary to middle to high school. Beyond photography he enjoys running, and is learning to play bass guitar.

sunset trail

BY JOSH GEHRING

 This is an older picture taken at the Palo Alto baylands during sunset. I snapped this photo as the silhouette of my buddy aligned perfectly with a streak of pink clouds behind him as he was biking.

JOSH GEHRING is a rising junior at Gunn High School. He is an avid cross country runner and enjoys being in nature with his friends in his free time. 

PARADOX

BY SEOYOON LEE

If every thought and action has been predestined for us, that means the consequences are already determined, and our effort will be futile. Thin cardboards are made out of pages of 300-year-old books. I tore all the pages and stuck them on a model to express predestination and our inability to escape it.

SEOYOON LEE is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is an artist to the core: aside from photography, Seoyoon dabbles in screenwriting, poetry, creative writing, drawing, dance film production, and various genres of dance choreography. She hopes to own her own entertainment company one day. 

reverie

BY YINGEN POH

The materials used in this price include Prismacolor, white ball point pen, 0.5 pencil, and 11x14 white paper. Reverie, a state of being pleasantly lost in ones thoughts; a daydream. Reverie, in relation to “kiss” symbolizes the dreams and wishes of the individual. Reverie represents the dream-like expectations of achieving your goal, without all the hardship and turmoil in between. It stands as a visualization of a person's unrealistic means of getting what they want, like a genie granting wishes.

YINGEN POH was born in Malaysia and moved to the states when she was three. Being an artist has always been a huge part of her identity and she hopes to inspire others to create art through through her work. 

a quiet line

BY JOHN CHOW

Nuzzled into the wall of an archway on the Stanford University campus stands a lone payphone. Its isolated silence encapsulated the tone of an empty university campus, a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

JOHN CHOW is a high school student and amateur photographer. Starting with the budget camera his dad bought for himself, which he went on to steal, John grew to love the art form and developed his ability as he went from elementary to middle to high school. Beyond photography, he enjoys running and is learning to play bass guitar.

an owl's stare

BY ZOE PARKER

This painting is done with oil paints, and it was the first time I ever used them. I decided to paint a owl because they tend to live alone, and we are all stuck in our houses alone, so it seemed fitting.

ZOE PARKER is a freshman at Mountain View High and enjoys doing every type of art imaginable. She has taken seven years of art classes and helped create her eighth grade yearbook.

DISCONNECTION

BY NEVE MCGUIRE

This piece was inspired by the current pandemic and by my art teacher. I used pens, pencils, pencil shavings, a ruler, a protractor, and various circular items from around my room for the creation of these pieces. It represents disconnection from mobile devices. 

NEVE MCGUIRE is a student artist.

dream state

BY AUTUMN FUNG

I find myself to be very inspired by Cole Sprouse's editorial field photography, so in this image I tried to replicate the same blue and yellow sun-kissed look present in much of his work. The title of this piece was influenced by my love of the calmness of the subject at peace with their surrounding natural environment. I wanted my subject to have a very peaceful demeanor to exemplify the beauty and escape that nature provides. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

drombeg stone circle

BY AOIFE HERNON

This piece is based off of a picture I took of an ancient Irish stone circle, just minutes from where I grew up. I loved the serenity and mystical fog and decided to recreate the piece using watercolors on watercolor paper.

AOIFE HERNON moved from a small town in Ireland in 2014 and is currently a rising senior at Mountain View High School. She has always been inspired by her heritage and the changing world around her, and expresses this through her passion of the arts which she has pursued throughout her life both in and out of school.

juneau, alaska

BY AUTUMN FUNG

One day during my cruise trip to Alaska, we stopped in front of a small city called Juneau. I was amazed by the concentration of houses among the breathtaking landscape, so I wanted to create an image with earthy tones that also highlighted the bright colors of the houses. I was aiming to shoot a very calm and serene picture, which was achieved by framing my image with a focus on the fog-filled sky. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

fadeddd

BY AUTUMN FUNG

When I first took this image into post-processing, I focused on emphasizing the cool tones of the sky and the subject's clothing to achieve an overall calming look. It felt as if the image was still missing something, so to add more interest, I created copies of my subject and adjusted them to create the illusion of one fading away. I wanted to demonstrate the concepts of losing oneself and the difficulty of connection. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

rescued

BY ZOE PARKER

This is a chalk pastel drawing of our dog, Lila. She is a Formosan Mountain dog - a rescue from Taiwan. I copied a picture someone had taken of her in our backyard.

ZOE PARKER is a freshman at Mountain View High and enjoys doing every type of art imaginable. She has taken seven years of art classes and helped create her eighth grade yearbook.

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