1st Place – Sculpture
School: Thunder Mountain High School
Pestilence was a creature made upon my own personal thoughts and ideas alone. What started out as a fun project slowly began to turn into something more. Nicknamed Turkey early on into his creation, he was simply a monster made for me. I treated him akin to that of a pet, someone close to me like a family member. I treated him as such and the people around me began to do this as well. He became a part of me that I never knew was there and making. When Pestilence was stuck in the school over covid, it also felt like I had lost a family member. I hadn’t seen him for months and soon enough hadn’t seen him in a few years. But upon reuniting with him I was given that part of me back. I was allowed to reconnect and have the inspiration back to finish painting him and giving him all the aspects of his character that were always there in my mind. Pestilence was a personal piece, a connective piece, I found comfort in my monster and my monster found comfort in me.