Student art interprets technology and its influence
Nervous. Very nervous. A little “jumpy.”
That’s how Eden Solorio described her feelings while standing in The Gallery on the Square Friday as she exhibited her work for the first time in public.
The Nelson County High School freshman was one of 30 students from area schools exhibiting their work at the downtown art gallery as part of the 2022 Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission’s Exhibit “Technology & You.” The Commission invited local high school students to submit visual art reflective of their feelings and opinions on how technology has influenced our lives.
“I chose to make it how we're so attached to technology, how we're kind of controlled by it,” Eden said. “We're kind of strapped in, to just really depend on it to do a lot of things, how it basically runs our life.”
Her piece depicted a young anime-style woman lashed to industrial pipework by cables connected to computers, their screens reading “Are you trying to forget me?” Her work was inspired by her own interactions with technology from a young age.
“It referred to me in a way, how I kind of lost myself in technology because I have a lot of friends online who moved away and I don’t really get to see them anymore,” Eden said. “In middle school it was kind of rough, but I learned how to balance it with my life.”
Eden said she would have never considered publicly sharing her work, but her art teacher, Ashley Glass, encouraged her to submit her work.
“I’m not really a person who likes to show off my art, but Ms. Glass really set me to doing it. So I felt really determined to do it, even if I was nervous.”
Eden was not the only student artist exhibiting their work for the first time.
TNHS student Kenton Gagne’s painting used images of pears wearing hats to represent cultural stereotypes perpetuated by social media. The American pear wore a baseball cap, the Mexican pear a sombrero, the French pear a beret, and so on.
“I like to call this a paradox,” he said, although he might spell it “pear-a-dox.”
“Technology can be both good and bad,” Kenton said. “These pears represent stereotypes, but they are on the same tree because we are all linked together.”
Kenton relished the opportunity to display his work and appreciate his peers’ at the same time. The experience of publicly exhibiting their work was an educational experience in itself.
“It's cool to see it mounted and people walking around and asking questions and getting to explain its meaning,” he said.
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