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Visual Arts | Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA


My point of view as an artist is showing people that it is okay to be vulnerable. I have experienced a lot of pain, suffering, physical abuse and emotional problems. Instead of being nihilistic, I try to turn my problem and suffering into peace, love and compassion. People often run from their past, but, as an artist, I embrace these things by acknowledging their existence through my art. The purpose of life is not to run from our past and fears. I believe we have to tackle it straight on, and that is precisely what art allows me to do. What motivates me to create is knowing that through art, I can discuss complicated subject matters. Through art, I can inspire and give peace, love and compassion to others.



Photography | Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL


For the past half year, I have been photographing a beach town neighborhood in South Florida. The images I make there are largely banal, focusing on material culture representative of people who live there. At the same time, they reflect a greater humanity: How the things people make are emblematic of themselves and their spirit in a manner that diverges from physicality. If I were to tell a viewer what to feel when looking at my work, it would likely get lost in translation. My photographic intention is that the viewer is the subject. And what is depicted pertains to how we all find our place within the world we know.



Visual Arts | Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, FL


My body of artwork, rather than a statement, is a question. It is a reflection of my estrangement from my identity as a Palestinian and a Honduran, and an attempt to understand who I am in relation to the two countries my lineage stems from. In my work I strive to come to terms with the fact that I have seldom visited my motherlands, know few people from there, know little about their culture, know little about the essential meaning of what it is to be ‘Palestinian’ or ‘Honduran.’ By inserting photo transfers of children, men, women, and places in Palestine and Honduras in my work, I am forced to ‘visit’ the land, learn about the culture. I learn the meaning of being Palestinian and Honduran through my artistic process. By applying paint and marks upon the transferred images I further illustrate my reaction to what I see, whether it is oppression against Palestinians, corruption in Honduras, or the natural beauty of my mother countries.



Visual Arts | Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI


My work revolves around the idea of home and family relationships. I have made work about my mother’s overprotection, restrictions, breast cancer journey, and lack of meals together in the family. Over quarantine, my experience with depression has guided my work to emphasize more on my side of the mother daughter relationship. Reconstruction and deconstruction of porcelain, animation and video are symbols for that relationship, and common threads that connect my pieces. Through my practice, I aim to let the audience empathize and experience my feelings. I hope they acknowledge the importance of family and emotions that build one’s identity. I also advocate that beauty is based on experience rather than appearance through the breast cancer series. In the future, I will combine the idea of a healing and home conceptually and architecturally.



Visual Arts | Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI


Confronting cycles of neglect has become a central theme in my artwork. I am witness to the forms of neglect within my household and Native Nation that stems from the continued genocide of Indigenous peoples. The driving aspects of my work are advocating for compassion; spreading awareness of mental health that highlights Native American identity, and factors in society that neglect Indigenous voices.



Visual Arts | Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI


As an artist, I see myself as a space entertainer. Creating narratives, infusing excitement around spaces is what space entertainers do. I view the task of being a space entertainer similar to being a doctor. While a doctor is there to help people, to relieve one's pain, a space entertainer’s job is to brighten up someone’s day, for the viewers to appreciate the object in front of them. Working for the audiences is the primary goal, and the act of highlighting one’s day is my motivation to create artworks.



Design Arts | McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, GA


A salient concern of mine is how present-day humanity has evolved away from the beautiful parts of life such as romanticism, drama, and decorum, and has instead grown to be indolent, wasteful, and dispassionate. My work is centered around the disappointing habits and social structures I see in the world around me. Design uses romanticism, drama, and decorum to draw an audience to the indolence and insouciance of modern humanity. The sheer ferocity with which people consume plastic, money, media, space, energy, and everything in between is a part of modern planet Earth that can be helped. My designs are a call to action.



Photography | Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA


In my photography, I like to make the audience look deep into my work, which leads to a sense of intimacy. I express myself through others’ stories. The work I applied to YoungArts with was titled "Father & Family" in which I was telling the most unknown story to me: My father. The pictures I captured did not just provide an explanation for him and his character but also for me and why I am the way I am. My father unintentionally inspired me from a very young age to become obsessed with photography. I am still very early in my career in photography but I have developed a need for it. It provides me with the answers I need, but also with even more questions, and that is exactly what is so captivating.



Photography | Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN


As a photographer, I find great satisfaction in creating artwork that emulates my personal viewpoint. I am most inspired by the idea of how I interact with nature, and my interaction with the spaces that I inhabit. I value the simplistic details, intentionally planning everything. From the patterns in my clothing, to the posing of my face and body, to sincerely placing each and every object meaningfully in the compositions to make the audience feel embedded in each and every image with me. I hope to convey not only moody and eerie compositions, but also compositions that are evocative and beg the audience to look deeper.



Photography | Greenhill School, Addison, TX


Photography has always served as a form of expression and activism in my life. Through creating imagery, I have gotten to learn so much about myself and my place in this world. My work is concentrated on ideas of introspection and social justice as well as the relationship between the two. In every photo I make, I try to convey a sincere level of authenticity and raw emotion. It is my hope that these images can be used to identify the commonalities we possess as humans in a world that is becoming increasingly divided.



Photography | Middlesex School, Concord, MA


For me, photography is a tool of expression and protest.  I aim to uplift and understand the Black voices around me, while also expressing my own. Representation matters, especially in our current moment in time. The media constantly fails to tell Black stories correctly, saturating our screens with stereotypes and misinformation. The photographs of Gordon Parks and the films of Spike Lee inspire me. Along with that, my other biggest inspiration is my family.



Design Arts | Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ


The projects presented range from branding to packaging design and are characterized by an affinity for bold colors and geometric shapes. Throughout the process of creating my work, I challenged myself to explore a variety of graphic design perspectives as well as better understand how design could be used to shed a light on pressing, relevant and important issues.



Design Arts | Parkview High School, Springfield, MO


I learned to sew when I was little. I cut patches from clothes my siblings and I had outgrown, and made them into something entirely different. Making something out of nothing, has always drawn me to design. Pieces of the past reworked into something completely new and meaningful. Whether it’s a simple design or an intricate patchwork with bold colors, I love expressing myself through different fabrics and shapes. Fashion is my way of putting it all in one.



Visual Arts | Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA