(3rd Place – Mixed Media)
School: South Anchorage High School
This portrait was designed with the work of Jean Michel Basquiat in mind. Basquiat inspired me to venture into the use of colors that traditionally don’t go together along with materials that aren’t usually thought of together in an overall cohesive design. I was also inspired by the Alaskan Native culture and the bead work that comes from the villages. I decided to mix the industrialized world that is Basquiat with the naturalistic world that is shown in native lifestyles in order to make one balanced work of art. All of the bead work comes from the native side of inspiration, while the background of crumpled tin foil with a matte finish over it and that overall design of the portrait comes from the industrialized Basquiat side of inspiration.