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Denouement

Bianca Salceda

Jane Addams Middle School

My graffiti art project represents my rite of passage, following my growth from my past as a child into the teenage years awaiting me.

The PokŽmon in the foreground represent my childhood, being the creatures I oh-so adored when I was only but a toddler. Even now, when I find my attention being drawn in other directions, I still try and make time to go enter my old game cards into my gaming console, if only for the nostalgic remembrance seeing the sprites of my old companions on the screen brings. I painted the three PokŽmon in basic colors to represent the simplicity found in the mind of a child.

The bird found in the far left of the canvas is shown to be flying away from the rest of the creatures in the artwork, going in a completely different direction, and represents the way every person eventually has to leave their childhood behind. In this work, the bird is an incarnation of myself. I chose to have a bird represent me in the painting in reference to my independent spirit and occasional wish to fly away from it all. The bird also addresses my admittedly slightly flighty nature and my unwillingness to be restricted.

The dragon shown to be breaking out of the cage in the center is, in a sense, a representative of the rebellious spirit often found in teenagers. Dragons, in almost any lore, are said to be mighty and powerful creatures, refusing to be tamed by any hand. The dragon refuses to be forced to do anything its heart rebels against, and thus remains true to its nature. Dragons cannot be beaten down by the world itself; a trait many adolescents are all too eager to share.

The cage, the centerpiece of my artwork, is a representative of many things. First and mostly, it stands for the future. The cage is entirely dark inside, representing the uncertainty the future holds. In our young age, many teenagers are uncertain of what or who we wish to become when we grow older. What profession will we pursue? What changes will we go through? Can we really endure all the challenges life throws our way? The future has never been something easily foretold, a fact that shows itself every time we experience surprise. But despite the lack of sureness we have concerning what the future holds for us, we must brave the current anyway. It's true that the future may hold things we'll wish had never happened. But it may also store things that will make us the happiest people on earth, if only for a moment. Without taking a leap of faith, you'll never truly find out what awaits you out in the world. You need to be willing to take a risk sometimes in order to find out exactly what you're made of.

The cage, along with the small monsters in the bottom right corner, also represents conformity. In this day and age, it is all too easy to fall into conformity. It seems that most everywhere we turn; individuality has begun to fade away. In its stead lie millions of people, all beginning to be shaped into copies of one another by the standards forced upon us. Every person is born an individual, entirely unique from any other being. This is a truth. But when we are told all our lives to pursue the same goals and act a certain way, are we really such individuals in the end? To me, it seems that all anyone wants nowadays is good grades and acceptance into a good college, followed by lots money and extreme success.

None of these things are necessarily bad, I assure you, and I am not so ignorant as to assume that everyone in the world wishes for these things. But it'll be a sad day when these things are the only thought that lingers in people's minds, the only thing that seems to truly matter to them. A day like this seems to hover on the horizon, in my opinion. The world doesn't have to be this way, though. Conformity can only affect those who allow themselves to be controlled by it. I'd advise people to listen their hearts rather than the voices of the people who surround them. Be a dragon! Be yourself by letting no one change who you are. Let no one make you stray from who you truly are, and drive away the monster of conformity with the fire of your passion. If you have a dream, you should chase after it; if you have a goal, you should make sure to give your best effort to reach it and not give up before you've given your best fight. As I mentioned previously, every one person in this universe is an entirely unique person; why don't we let that individuality shine through?

My graffiti art project represents my rite of passage, following my growth from my past as a child into the teenage years awaiting me.

The PokŽmon in the foreground represent my childhood, being the creatures I oh-so adored when I was only but a toddler. Even now, when I find my attention being drawn in other directions, I still try and make time to go enter my old game cards into my gaming console, if only for the nostalgic remembrance seeing the sprites of my old companions on the screen brings. I painted the three PokŽmon in basic colors to represent the simplicity found in the mind of a child.

The bird found in the far left of the canvas is shown to be flying away from the rest of the creatures in the artwork, going in a completely different direction, and represents the way every person eventually has to leave their childhood behind. In this work, the bird is an incarnation of myself. I chose to have a bird represent me in the painting in reference to my independent spirit and occasional wish to fly away from it all. The bird also addresses my admittedly slightly flighty nature and my unwillingness to be restricted.

The dragon shown to be breaking out of the cage in the center is, in a sense, a representative of the rebellious spirit often found in teenagers. Dragons, in almost any lore, are said to be mighty and powerful creatures, refusing to be tamed by any hand. The dragon refuses to be forced to do anything its heart rebels against, and thus remains true to its nature. Dragons cannot be beaten down by the world itself; a trait many adolescents are all too eager to share.

The cage, the centerpiece of my artwork, is a representative of many things. First and mostly, it stands for the future. The cage is entirely dark inside, representing the uncertainty the future holds. In our young age, many teenagers are uncertain of what or who we wish to become when we grow older. What profession will we pursue? What changes will we go through? Can we really endure all the challenges life throws our way? The future has never been something easily foretold, a fact that shows itself every time we experience surprise. But despite the lack of sureness we have concerning what the future holds for us, we must brave the current anyway. It's true that the future may hold things we'll wish had never happened. But it may also store things that will make us the happiest people on earth, if only for a moment. Without taking a leap of faith, you'll never truly find out what awaits you out in the world. You need to be willing to take a risk sometimes in order to find out exactly what you're made of.

The cage, along with the small monsters in the bottom right corner, also represents conformity. In this day and age, it is all too easy to fall into conformity. It seems that most everywhere we turn; individuality has begun to fade away. In its stead lie millions of people, all beginning to be shaped into copies of one another by the standards forced upon us. Every person is born an individual, entirely unique from any other being. This is a truth. But when we are told all our lives to pursue the same goals and act a certain way, are we really such individuals in the end? To me, it seems that all anyone wants nowadays is good grades and acceptance into a good college, followed by lots money and extreme success.

None of these things are necessarily bad, I assure you, and I am not so ignorant as to assume that everyone in the world wishes for these things. But it'll be a sad day when these things are the only thought that lingers in people's minds, the only thing that seems to truly matter to them. A day like this seems to hover on the horizon, in my opinion. The world doesn't have to be this way, though. Conformity can only affect those who allow themselves to be controlled by it. I'd advise people to listen their hearts rather than the voices of the people who surround them. Be a dragon! Be yourself by letting no one change who you are. Let no one make you stray from who you truly are, and drive away the monster of conformity with the fire of your passion. If you have a dream, you should chase after it; if you have a goal, you should make sure to give your best effort to reach it and not give up before you've given your best fight. As I mentioned previously, every one person in this universe is an entirely unique person; why don't we let that individuality shine through?

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