Students present a sneak peak into their artistic sides

Creativity oozes out of students’ minds into various forms of art, photography and poetry, all of which were displayed at the NPHS art show from March 8 through March 10. The event was hosted in the cafeteria allowing students to come and admire the various pieces during their lunch and after school. After two years with no show, many students within NPHS’ art classes were eager to share their works with everyone.

Through exploring the ways their environment influences them and their relationship with femininity and being nonbinary, Rachel Goldstein, senior, created a portfolio of work centered around unveiling the facade of suburbia, along with themes that tie motherhood and womanhood to loss and death. “The house that I have displayed is a sculptural representation of my childhood home.

There were elements of unfinished pieces and that’s meant to represent the degradation of childhood over time and memories that stick around, even though they’re tainted by something darker and create a contrast with that artificial representation of suburbia,” Goldstein said.

Vance Horvath, senior, aspired to show people the reality behind mental health with his art. “I wanted to be able to express myself and give other people a better understanding of mental health that isn’t just like, ‘Oh, I’m so sad’, because there’s more nuances with mental health that people don’t realize,” Horvath said.

Horvath used a variety of mediums to create pieces about mental health, ranging from digital art to painting with coffee. “My main medium I use is digital art because it’s easier and I know that the best. My other medium I use is watercolor, [which] for a physical medium it’s the one of the best. And then the other [pieces], I wanted to experiment [with different techniques] like drawing with coffee,” Horvath said.

Eric Lindroth, NPHS photography teacher, introduces students to a diverse world of photography techniques that aid them in their journey of creating their submission pieces. “It’s always a mix of what kids submit and a lot of the work is working on a sustained investigation, what AP and IB both pursue as a particular idea or concept. Most of them explore a particular theme within their work and that varies from student to student,” Lindroth said.

Many people appreciate art because of the freedom it gives to express oneself. “I enjoy being able to kind of capture anything that you want to. It’s incredibly versatile and every time you look at art from different people, it could be the same medium, the same theme and it can be interpreted completely different,” Goldstein said.