• Spoonface, 2020
    Ana Fenton (Davis Senior High School, 12th Grade)

My hope is that while viewing my painting people will take a moment to look back on similar moments from their childhood that remind them of their youthful wonder.

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In a lot of ways I still feel like a little kid. Just as much as I am independent and responsible, I am also curious and spontaneous. As I get closer to my impending adulthood I look back on what it has meant to be a child: the excitement that each day brought, and the moments that my imagination dominated. While I continue to grow up I don't want to lose that wonder, and I hope I never do. In the process of brainstorming ways to paint myself in a way that showcases that theme of growing up, I choose to depict myself through my reflection in a spoon. I remember being fascinated with the way my face would become distorted in the reflection. There were so many funny ways I could change the way I looked by just shifting the angle of the utensil or even flipping it over. Not only was it funny to me but it kept me entertained at the countless family dinners that I had to endure. In these moments, my imagination could be fully stimulated. I decided to paint alphabet soup as the meal in the background because it was a meal that I feel really characterizes my youth. As a kid, eating alphabet soup was just another way I indulged in my curiosity and it was also one of my favorite meals. In my painted reflection I used a reference photo of myself this year. I decided to do that as opposed to one of me in my younger years in order to symbolize my recent time of reflection and my efforts to stay curious. My hope is that while viewing my painting people will take a moment to look back on similar moments from their childhood that remind them of their youthful wonder and in doing that, will be inspired to never stop using their imagination.

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