Clemente HS artists to Display at the School of the Art Institute!

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Senior Shavonne M. will have her artwork displayed for the 2014 All City Senior Portfolio Exhibition. The Senior Portfolio exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the work that graduating seniors have accomplished during their time in high school, and students who participate are eligible for scholarships with higher education arts institutions. Shavonne is interested in attended Columbia College in Chicago.

She says about her artwork:

“For the last 7 years, my thoughts have been consumed entirely by fictional characters. Not a day goes by that an artistic idea does not cross my mind. These ideas lead to the further fabrication of my stories. Tales full of melancholy and morbidity, meant to tickle the spine of the readers, and the characters involved.  My girls, appearing as sweet and delicate as they do, none would expect their obscured nature.  There is an exaggeration shown in my style; a beautifully twisted, Gothic portrayal of human beings.  And as expected, when I first began so many years ago, I had no intentions of developing such a style. I simply drew. Spontaneously designing characters that would later become my most treasured creations.

Over so many years, I’ve spend an unfathomable amount of time giving depth to these things. Months spent fleshing out empty skeletons with complexity; histories, personalities, real reasoning behind every psychotic or aggressive tendency. So that every character is thought of as a person. A person living through tragically bizarre, or sadly absurd stories.  All of this to create an experience, in hopes that people will feel the same intensity seeing and understanding my characters, as I do creating them.”

Students, staff, and parents are invited to attend the opening reception of the CPS All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition this Friday, January 10th, from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The exhibition is located at the LeRoy Neiman Student Center & Student Union Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Ave. The exhibition will continue to be on view from January 11-17, 2014