• Myself as Steam, 2020
    Ella Geronimo (Christian Brothers High School, 11th Grade)

Sometimes it is easier to fade into the background while everything else is growing and thriving in life, like the orchids and the ivy.

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As you can tell by the title, I have a passion for puns. In both a literal and figurative sense, this painting represents my self-confidence and my self-esteem. This piece shows that I don’t stand out, or rather I don’t want to stand out in a world full of color and detail. As I was working on this painting, I found myself focusing more on the scene around the mirror, and less on the actual abstract figures in the mirror. My theory is that subconsciously I didn’t want my portrait to actually stand out to the rest of the composition. Sometimes it is easier to fade into the background while everything else is growing and thriving in life, like the orchids and the ivy.

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