The Familiar and the Unknown

The Arts and Comics Section explores the vastness of what we know and the things we don’t…
The Familiar and the Unknown
The Behemoth
The Behemoth
Joon Heo ‘24
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Let it be winter again…

Bajo el Sol de Oro
Bajo el Sol de Oro
Oscar Ortega ‘24, Section Editor
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“I wanted to explore a new style (cubism) and play with contrast. As for inspiration, I wished to represent myself in a deconstructed way as well incorporating the boldness that various Mexican artists incorporate in their works”

 

 

 

Step Into the Sun
Step Into the Sun
Aline Phan ‘24
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“Sometimes, we need to let the light shine through.”

Zagreus and Megaera
Zagreus and Megaera
Ben Schultz ‘25
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“I made this artwork of Zagreus and Megaera from Hades, one of my favorite video games. I did most of the lines and shading for this piece last year. Recently, I decided I’d finish it, so over the last week I added a background and color. I committed to a messier style of shading than usual, as I thought it contributed to the energy of the artwork.”

Rolling+Tunes
Rolling Tunes
Kathie Li ‘26
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This piece was made as a scenic prop for DJ Balth in the fall show, Much Ado About Nothing.

Pig
Pig
Nailah Cannon ‘24
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“I usually draw portraits of people, as I simply find people—humanity as whole—much more interesting than other species of animals. Unexpectedly, this piece has a special place in my heart because of how much joy it brought me. I wanted to try something different, to do something I had never done before, purely for my own amusement. I realized that, in all my years of creating art, I’ve never actually painted an animal (other than humans); so, I painted a pig. There’s so significant or “deep” meaning behind this painting. I did not intend for it to be symbol of rampant consumerism or systemic racism or “society”. It’s just a pig, and that’s all there is to it. For once, there’s nothing to explain about what my art work means, but maybe it means something special to you. After all, art is subjective and we can find meaning in anything, regardless if it has an intended purpose or not. You could interpret it as a representation of good luck or gluttony or humor. Maybe it reminds you of a comforting memory or a person who makes you laugh. Or not. Maybe, to you, it’s a pig. Because it has no meaning. In a way, it’s whatever you can imagine.

As an artist, there’s so much pressure to create art that is inherently meaningful and purposeful. Though, most of my work reflects this. I do enjoy creating works that speak to the flaws in our society, issues of social justice that should be addressed and discussed. I usually paint, draw, or sketch with the intention of social commentary. I find there’s almost a sort of strange sense of perfectionism in the elitist world of modern art where it never seems enough to simply create. Of course, art is advocacy and art is so incredibly powerful. But, It’s also silly and fun and weird and whatever you want it to be: that’s the beauty of art. So, in that sense, sometimes it’s nice to just escape the struggles of the world for a while and to just paint a pig.”

About the Contributor
Anne Kristine Leonor, Art & Comics Editor