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Finding Wonder

High school art students share their work

Roswell High School is teeming with creative students, happy to express themselves through art. Meet a few students who are making art and finding truths every day.

Francesca Doehring, senior

The sculpture of the anthurium was the first piece of my AP 3D art portfolio. The reason I sculpted it was to emphasize the importance of fertility, which is often compared to flowers. This year I have also sculpted a calla lily, a lotus flower, an orchid, and a hibiscus. I used many coils of clay to build it and I made the centerpiece by attaching small cones to it. I built it so tall that it almost didn’t fit into the kiln. After the first firing, I glazed it with palladium and then sprayed the center with white, pink, and orange underglaze. I am passionate about fertility, sexual health and anatomy, so I like to show that through my art. The large vase/pot is something I sculpted as an assignment for the first ceramic class that I took in high school. It was not supposed to be as large as I made it, but I like to create big things with clay. I also built the vase out of coils. After it was fully built I carved into it to create the natural wavy pattern in it and sprayed it with glaze to give it a softer texture look. I enjoy sculpting pieces on a large scale that at first glance seem simple, but have a deeper meaning to me.

Nina Walters, junior

"A Wave of Responsibility". This piece was created by synthesizing multiple mediums. The background is composed of a watercolor and pen & ink piece, which was photoshopped behind the digital photo of the foreground. This piece is meant to represent the state of mind of the average American high schooler. Washing out and dulling the values of color in Adobe Lightroom promoted the embodiment of a melancholy tone in the piece. I constructed this piece by experimenting with opacity levels in Photoshop and incorporating watercolor works into the digital media. The significance of this piece is a recollection of memories that contribute to the development of one’s character; the lessons and memories absorbed and remembered are what develop one’s personality. The hazy, soft, and granulated nature of the piece conveys the nostalgia which embodies it.

Bailey Walters, senior 

My work is a reflection of society's romanticization of alcohol, its overshadowing of responsibilities like parenthood, the hopelessness of seeing someone you care for begin the downward spiral back into their alcoholism, and being trapped in the spiral of alcoholism, not being able to escape or fulfill the needs of and for those around you, such as your children.

Miriam Bachmeier

"Playing with Fire" demonstrates the feeling of burnout often experienced by dancers after pushing their bodies or minds too far in the name of passion. Though beautiful and bright at the beginning of the piece, the passion and love experienced by the dancer slows and chars as the piece progresses. I wanted this work to show the dangers of overexertion: the bigger and brighter the flame, the quicker it extinguishes. “Never Perfect”, demonstrates the feelings of a dancer receiving constant criticisms on their body and efforts. The colors on the work illustrate the individual feelings a dancer feels while receiving criticisms: blue for sadness, purple for disappointment or insecurity, and red represents anger or resentment at themselves. The mirror image represents the inability to escape these corrections as the dancer finds fault in the constant presence of their reflection within a dance studio. The mirrored images also serve to create a broken snowflake pattern, symbolizing the loss of individuality and creativity with molding through correction.   

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