The human body is sacred and mysterious that each part is intended to be of explicit capacity and purpose. It also reacts to both the external and internal factors and interprets each connection it makes with other existing creatures. Such gestures could mean uniquely in contrast to the person possessing them than the outer force who sees them. In a man’s plain physique lies a kaleidoscope of invisible patterns that connects each significant component artistically depicted by Southville’s IB Visual Arts understudies, Mireille Gianna Mintu and Eunice Gabrielle Manio.
“My artworks, in general, depict the social issue of mental and emotional health in connection to that of environmental issues. My art style is messy because I’m more of an impressionist and I also implement a lot of flowers into my work.” Mirielle Gianna Mintu
“Consumption”, made of vines symobolizing a person’s hardships while the flowers represent hope. It highlights a human being’s capacity to grow beautifully despite all that they suffer.
“ Intoxicated“, shows how today’s teenagers find beauty in vices. The skull shows that the beauty they find in harming themselves slowly kills them.
“ Flightless”, shows how even though two people may not be physically together, if they care for another, they will always find a connection .
“Entangled”, is an image of a person trapped in a toxic situation with eyes expressing hope and courage.
“ Blooming“, shows a person’s growth and beauty simply from the heart.
“Out of all my four works, I’d say that they all commonly tackle social issues especially those being discussed in today’s world. They are common issues not only teenagers and young adults face, but almost everyone in general. Relationships with others, with ourselves, with time and with society all play a big role in today’s group of people. As an artist, I think I am very cartoonish becauseI like to put use outlines to enhance the quality of my subject but I also incorporate realistic features.” Eunice Gabrielle Manio
“Talia”, demonstrates the mysterious element of the relationships we have these days. Often times, when two people share a romantic bond, nobody knows them to the same degree as their partner does. Though people’s perceptions of an individual don’t necessarily determine his or her worth, there is a clear difference in the way the rest of society views a certain person, versus how someone’s lover views them. Society only knows them from the surface.
“Androgyny”, is a sculpture of a man who possesses both feminine and masculine features. It is meant to express androgyny and self-acceptance. The type of characteristics a person possesses really doesn’t matter; as long as they feel confident within their own bodies, there’s completely nothing wrong with that.
“Nikita II”, shows a female’s body that extends from her neck to her legs, excluding her hands and feet. Her hands are painted on the other side of the canvas and the whole work consists of subtle colors, steering away the viewer’s focus from the fact the woman is faceless. Sometimes, people tend to focus on an individual’s bodily characteristics that they tend to forget or disregard other substantial things about a person. In this case, the woman’s head is replaced by messy lines. Tthe focus is drawn to this rather than her missing facial identity.
“1950”, is also a sculpture, but this time of a woman lazily lounging on a sofa half-covered with a floral robe. There is an evident contrast between the dull colors of her robe and the bright red color of the couch. The relationship between an individual and time is demonstrated in this work, as the woman’s Victorian-wannabe self appears to be out of place with her 1950- esque surroundings.
“Southville’s IB Visual Arts Program enable students to focus on both the technical and conceptual part of creating art.” – Gianna and Gabrielle