Leading up to this Friday's Teen Art Show: Perspectives of Power, we will feature some of the artists and their work in the show. Today's featured artist is Kelly Chen of CSTO's Teen Program:
About the project:
In the project, We Had A Dream, the Teen Program Interns investigated the Civil Rights Movement often overlooked within traditional education. By identifying and analyzing key moments from the Civil Rights Movement, they were able to choose key players/events within the movement. From there, they researched the person and the impact they made in order to create an original illustration. These homages illustrate the unsung heroes of the movement and show a glance into such an essential movement.
From the artist:
"Fannie Lou Hamer was born on October 6, 1917 and died on March 14, 1977. She was born into poverty and grew up with 20 other siblings but she was most well known for being a voting rights activist and a civil rights leader during the civil war. She helped advocate for voting rights for black people and she advocated for racial desegregation in the South. In 1962, after being inspired by James Forman’s and James Bevel’s speech about the denials of African American voting, she volunteered to register herself to vote in Mississippi. There, she and 18 others were denied the right to register to vote because they failed the literacy test which was created with the intention of denying African-Americans the right to vote. She was an important figure during this time because she joined many organizations that advocated for African American rights and she helped lead some organizations as well.
Her actions motivated me to create a portrait of her because she she did so many great things just like Martin Luther King Junior. She isn't as well known so I wanted to illustrated her so that people can see other figures who were just as important. She had strong determination in advocating her beliefs and her speeches were very inspirational and influential to people. When I made this illustration, I used the free pen tool in Photoshop because it was easier to do, than making anchor points for all the shapes in the illustration. After using the pen tool, I found it easier to fix the mistakes. I also used different shades of the same color to create depth and texture. The background reflects Fannie Lou Hamer because the quote she said is empowering and it motivated people who were just like her and believed in the same things as her." -Kelly Chen
The reception for Teen Art Show: Perspectives of Power takes place this Friday, December 9th from 5-8pm at the Castle Square Community Center (464 Tremont Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02216).