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 Alyssa Zhao 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:
"The person in my digital illustration is Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall is famously known for his role in being an active advocate for the desegregation of public schools. In fact, he was the lawyer who was present during the Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. His efforts in the civil rights movement commenced from the segregation Marshall experienced his entire life. When the case for Brown vs. Board of Education went to the Supreme Court, Marshall argued that school segregation was a violation of individual rights under the 14th Amendment. Marshall’s work motivated me to create an illustration, because without his support, schools might have still been segregated today."
My illustration mainly used the Pen tool to trace an outline of Thurgood. I used the Pen tool because it is used to make anchor points and shapes which an outline consists of. Then I filled in the outline with different colors, according to the specific feature of the outline. The background of my image reflects the person in the image because the background is of the courthouse in which the Brown vs. Board of Education was held. Thurgood Marshall standing of the courthouse with a somber look represents the struggle the civil rights activists faced to make desegregation possible." - Alyssa Zhao
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).