What Lies Underneath

The Arts & Comics Section answers the question: “Who am I?”
What Lies Underneath
Beneath the Mask
Beneath the Mask

Anni Leonor ’24, Section Editor

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“Shut up, shut up, shut up! Teammates!? Friends!? To hell with that! Why am I inferior to you…!? I was extremely particular about my life, my grades, my public image, so someone would want me around! I am an ace detective… a celebrity! But you… You’re just some criminal trash living in an attic! So how!? How does someone like you have things I don’t!? How can such a worthless piece of trash be more special than me!?”

—Goro Akechi, Persona 5
Cosmic+Strings+Reimagined
Cosmic Strings Reimagined

Nailah Cannon ’24

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“Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about cosmic strings. Though I don’t particularly care for physics, strangely, I find this concept fascinating. Because of this, I decided to illustrate my interpretation of what these 1-dimensional topological defects could look like, hypothetically speaking. Also, I’ve been bit playing around with color theory, so I based the color scheme off of the three primary colors to emphasize harmony and vibrancy.”

Frog Syndrome
Frog Syndrome

Anni Leonor ’24, Section Editor

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“When you wait until it’s too late.”

Jimikki+Kammal
Jimikki Kammal

Eva Thomas ’24

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“These are traditional Indian earrings that we call ‘jimikki kammal’ in Malayalam, the language spoken in the state of Kerala, where I am from. The earring on the left has the colors of the Indian flag, while the one on the right has the colors of the American flag, to represent my identity as an Indian born in America.”

VALLEY; BAY
VALLEY; BAY

Oscar Ortega ’24, Section Editor

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Expressions of my life through personal symbols and sights from California seas and ranges.

Waiting+to+Burst
Waiting to Burst

Aline Phan ’24

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An AP art piece about fear. The inside represents comfort with frilly flowers, butterflies, and blue skies; while the outside depicts crawling and sharp thorns.

Coup de Grâce
Coup de Grâce

Anni Leonor ’24, Section Editor

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“This is a visual representation of the complexities of my emotional state at the time of this artwork’s creation. The sun represents the suffering in my life as it slowly eats at and melts away at the straw, its plastic weak enough to find itself glued to the pavement on a hot summer’s day. It encapsulates the very human experience of deterioration, both internally and externally, as well as how we feel bonded to certain painful experiences where one has no escape but the goopy ruins of fondue’d polymers.”

Carnations
Carnations

Oscar Ortega ’24, Section Editor

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Based on green carnations, a symbol popularized by Oscar Wilde.

 

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

—Oscar Wilde
Paper+Flowers
Paper Flowers

Olivia Rohlfing ’24

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An origami arrangement of dahlias, baby’s breath, lavender and hydrangeas.

Ephemeral Beauty
Ephemeral Beauty

Zoey Crisan ’25

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“I wanted to draw with pen, and then I added the flowers to have some color to contrast the living and the dead. The title refers to the flowers and their eternal allure, even as the skeleton and everything around them is dead.”

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“Her head shaved like a golf course.”

Megan Kellogg ’26

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The character in the image is Ann Lou from The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.

Piecing Myself Together
Piecing Myself Together

Suriya Roy ’27

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“I feel like people are often trying to figure out who they are by trying on different personalities to see which one fits them best. Most people also tend to hide their true colors or feelings (depicted in blue/gray) behind an overly excited personality or having a big ego (portrayed in warm colors). This art piece was my reflection of this matter.”

About the Contributor
Anne Kristine Leonor, Art & Comics Editor