Washingtonville High School Art Show
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The 18th Annual Washingtonville High School Art Show was held last weekend, where students’ art was displayed for all to enjoy. Every medium was included from painting, sketching, and photography, to sculpture, pottery, and fashion.
While most of the art needed no explanation, one of the themes students could create art around was The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students chose the declaration article that spoke most to them and created an artistic statement related to it. Meaghan King named her sculpture “The Fable of the Long Spoons” describing the tale of two people who discovered that they could not feed themselves with their very long spoons, but could feed each other, and believes nations can do the same. Simon Dominguez’s “Man on the Earth” celebrated everyone’s right to a nationality with a sculpture showing an astronaut putting the flag of his country (in this case American) into the Earth, writing in his description: “I am proud of my nationality.” Emma Garguilo made “Orlando Memorial” to, as she wrote, “honor those of the LGBT+ community who were victims of a terrorist attack.” Marianne Acosta’s “Died on the Cross” related to the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, explaining that “Jesus died for our love and freedom so we can pursue our own lives and religious beliefs.” Brooke Hartley explained in “Hugh in Vietnam” that her great uncle “stood up for what he believed in and fought for our country to defend these rights.” Mackenzie Thompson created “When Love Hurts” to cast sunlight on the secrecy surrounding domestic abuse.
Many powerful sculptures and statements — some political reflecting the current climate, some transcending that duality — were on display in this healthy annual springtime showing of student art.
CAPTION 1: The gallery. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: Origami-based sculpture.