“The idea of infinity cannot be expressed in words or even described, but it can be apprehended through art, which makes infinity tangible. The absolute is only attainable through faith and in the creative act.”——Andrei Tarkovsky, “Sculpting In Time”
How do we define the uniqueness of ourselves within the context of a greater culture? What are the relationships between the individual and the society we belong to in the 21st century? Do the wants and necessities of a society overshadow the needs of the one? These are just a few of the inquiries being addressed in the 2023 Visual Arts Diploma Program Exhibition:
The graduating student artists is WE ME include Seojin Kim (Cindy), Peisen Ma, SeoYoung Shin (Lisa), Zixuan Wang (Crystal), and Xinxin Zhang (Susan).
As a creative collective and Visual Arts DP student cohort, we have, over the course of two years, simultaneously focused on our internal and external environments. We have examined ourselves and dug deep into what distinguishes us from the populations in our city, country, and world. We have exposed our interests, dreams, and inspirations, while holding true to our personal goals and values. Through Painting, Mixed-Media Assemblages, Sculpture, Video Installation, Photography, and Printmaking, it is our intentions to challenge our audience. We wish the viewer to contemplate their perspective in a global setting and how we might see our distinct selves in the not-too-distant future. Through our artwork and this exhibition, we want to inform, we want to impact, and we want to leave a lasting impression on our viewers.
The infinity of ME forms the infinity of WE. WE are created in the infinite expanse of ME, and the infinity of what is WE is closely related to our real lives.
WE ME reveals how the habits of the individual shapes the value of a wider public. In public the ME, does not recognize how their actions impact the WE.
ME and WE can create a small community or a vast society. WE can create a sense of togetherness, but at the same time, all of us can also censor one other. To protect ourselves, should ME, become WE, and help each other?
Being situated in a turbulent world, it is important to see how individuals are positioned in the greater community and the interaction between ME and WE.
In a constant environment of uncertainty, WE must cherish the importance of ME, “you” and “us”. Love yourself.
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Scott Ramon (DP and MYP Visual Arts Teacher, Arts, Music& Design Subject Area Leader)