AP Studio Art students chose their own concentration and created a series of pieces. They submitted digital and physical portfolios to the College Board on May 6. In this series, the artists discuss the year-long endeavor and share some of their pieces.
Next is junior Isabelle Leavy.
Q: What was your concentration?
A: My concentration focused on the depiction of the female body throughout the history of art.
I followed a number of artistic movements and drew attention to the objectification of these women by removing their most important pieces (i.e. hands, face, head) and replacing them with embroidered images.
Q:Why did you choose it?
A: I wanted to stick with something I was comfortable with, and since I have a lot of experience talking about and drawing women, I figured it was both safe and interesting to delve deeper into the subject.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced?
A: I had some trouble with inspiration towards the end of my work. I created my first to-be concentration piece the summer before sophomore year, so by the time I needed to make some of the others, I had grown a lot as an artist and moved away from some of those inspirations, making it hard to develop new pieces.
Q: How long did it take you to do your concentration?
A: It wasn’t consecutive, so I’m not sure. But, as I said, I made my first piece summer before sophomore year and the last one just a few weeks ago. It was a long time in the making.
Q: What media did you use?
A: Charcoal, Sharpie/micron pen, and embroidery.
A: I’m a fan of my Venus de Milo/Venus Callipyge pieces because they show a good juxtaposition between archaic and modern views of the female body.
In addition, I created them pretty early in the concentration process, and even now they show a lot of technical skill.
Q: What’s your style?
A: I have no style. My concentration ranges from illustration style to modern, but in all other ways I am without a specific style. I like to dabble in all sorts of different media and content.
Q: Is there a message you’re trying to convey through your concentration?
A: I just want to make people think about women and their media depiction in a new way. I don’t have any goal or manifesto in place; I am merely interested in drawing interesting things and making people consider the world around them through a new lens.
—By Grace Naify