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Ava Echard

As autumn begins, an advanced group of art students return to the studio to begin crafting the concentration that will be the center of their year in the studio. The AP studio art exam requires students to explore a question and therefore a theme through a portfolio of 15 pieces which, at the end of the year, will be submitted to the AP graders for a score of 1-5. I talked to some of my fellow classmates in AP Art to get an idea of their focuses for the year. 

Frances Brantley ‘21 is going to use plastics in her concentration to tackle the question of “how does perspective change experience?” both literally and figuratively. She’s been taking art classes every year at Baylor except junior year, but it was her experience on exchange in Africa that introduced her to the medium of plastics. 

Caroline Chapman ‘21 says of her concentration, “While I’ve been at Baylor I’ve considered my stance on religion considering Baylor’s values in faith. In my project, I’m showing how my religious views have developed through experiencing different religions through research and experience. It’s going to be a storyline of beliefs that have developed and sustain those values.” She will be answering the question of, “How does one approach faith as a skeptic?”

Michael Kinsey ‘22 plans to use splattered ink as a starting point for his work. He says, “ I’m trying to explore my journey through the classes of America to the American Dream as my family members have moved through classes. I hope to develop my commentary on this throughout my works.”

Molly Stanfield ‘21 is in the research phase of her project. “I’m looking at different folk art styles. Right now I’m focusing on Scotland. I’m planning on illustrating a specific story from Scottish folklore,” she says. 

Lily Fridl ‘22 is focusing on the fleeting nature of time and therefore the inevitability of death. “I’m telling a love story through 15 paintings and focusing on the motifs of hands and hourglasses,” she explains. As the story moves on, these motifs will get more dominant to show the passage of time. 

Olivia Joyner ‘21 is focusing on growing up through watercolor and pastel pieces. She says, “I want to explore the different stages of adolescence and working through relationships and leaving things behind.” 

Will Cromie ‘21 asks the question, “How do people ruin the amenities that we have in our lives?” He elaborates, “I’m going to talk about 15 luxuries we have and how people abuse them. It’s exploring how we have good things in life but there are ways that they could (and do) become bad.”

Megha Chanamolu ‘21 says, “I’m exploring legacy and the memories we leave behind and the legacies we leave behind, especially with my family leaving behind India. I’m going to use a mixed media format and use seeds and rocks from India, newspaper clippings, charcoal and pastels.”

Aimee Romero '21 is exploring fears and phobias. “I want to explore how fears manifest through acrylics, gouache, and maybe needlework,” she says.

Finally, Ava Echard '21 is showing the deconstruction of traditional structures, especially in the South, through mixed media. "I am working with found film photography and repainting it using soluble mediums to show the dissolution of values into modernity and fluidity in contrast to traditional ideals," says Echard. "I hope to better explore my own relationship to these ideals and rituals. I am excited to watch my classmates grow and be challenged by their work." 

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