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Headshot of Alexandra S. '21 who was named a National YoungArts Winner.

A Nationally Recognized Visual Artist

We are pleased to announce that Alexandra S. ’21 was recently named a YoungArts winner, making her one of the top high school artists in the United States! Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the country, YoungArts winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for emerging artists, offering professional development and mentorship opportunities over the course of their careers.

A winner in the visual arts category, Alexandra does time-based media, which are installations using video projection. Her two winning pieces are:

How Do I Look
Adventuring into the world of toxic messages used by beauty companies to exploit women for financial profit, this piece projects an odd Frankenstein-style face comprised of beauty advertisements randomly compiled using a Python coding program. The composite image is projected onto a clay mask that sits on top of a moving eye. This piece aims to depict the eye as the world’s perception of someone wearing an unnatural mask that does not reflect their true selves or beauty.

This installation is an immersive experience that invites viewers to explore the fragility of human experiences and emotions during the coronavirus pandemic. Projection onto eggshells conveys the precarious mental health status experienced by those cooped up in their homes, and sounds simulate the endless droning of conflicting media messages.

Congratulations to Alexandra on this remarkable achievement!