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Name: Sophia Clark
School: The Tiffin Girls' School
Town: Kingston Upon Thames
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: I like being spontaneous with my artwork - I do not like planning ahead too much. I also really like working with mixed media as I feel the mix of all the different mediums is very interesting to look at. My two favourite artists are Salvador Dalí and M.C. Escher. I was very influenced by the structures and buildings in New York and the way they loomed up and made me feel very small. I was also inspired by Times Square and all the advertisements and bright lights, and the way the night sky reflected them.
Title: Lights and Lines
Description: In this piece I tried to capture both the night and day and the differences between the two. One of the main aspects of my piece is light – the way it reflects off of the buildings in the “day” section and radiates out from the windows and adverts in the “night” section. The night sky I painted also displays strong light pollution – it is a murky pink-brown instead of being black. I used a piece of Perspex to create the windows and reflections which I feel are really effective, especially on the leftmost building. Line and perspective is another of the aspects I focus on. The leftmost building especially has lots of lines that reach up the building. I used three different buildings in this piece that I saw in New York and I painted so that they seemed large and looming, and made one feel rather small. Some of the colours used in my piece are murky and others are bright. I used these colours as I wanted to capture the pollution found in the city but also the vibrant life that can be found there.
Medium: Mixed media: Acrylic Paint and Paper
Width: 48" Height: 60"
Keywords: New York, night and day, lights, advertisements, buildings, city