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Becca Krauss
High School Student

Art School Admissions Portfolio

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Artist Statement
“I am currently at a STEM high school with only one available art class, so we do not have access to a wide range of materials or disciplines. In class, we conceptualize and create all of our own pieces without any sort of prompt or direction. I have taken art classes in the past to build and strengthen skill, and I attended a pre-college art program this past summer.

Currently, my concerns are versatility in my portfolio for art school admission in terms of media and style, as well as being able to take my art beyond where I am currently, and to examine my own art making process and my motivations.

My short term goals are to take my art a step up from where I am and push myself further beyond my comfort zone, as well as unlock more of my creativity. My long term goals are to study illustration and go into concept art for video games or movies.”

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4 responses on "Becca Krauss"

  1. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    I think you’re well on your way to having a very strong portfolio to show art schools! Sometimes not having a lot of different traditional art materials around gives you the creative impetus to use household materials in surprising ways. Conceptually, it might be useful for you to keep a journal about your art making process. Sometimes writing about my work makes it clear how I’m going about making my work. From your work displayed here, it seems like you are interested in time, aging, and decay. Perhaps think about how the materials you are using also reflect time, and the process of making is temporal.

  2. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    I love that your are fearlessly exploring a variety of mediums and subject matters. Your conceptual pieces offer a lot to think about, I find myself examining and dissecting the content for a while. I would love to see this explored more in your still life pieces as well. I see a bit of this happening in the charcoal still life, as the figure and flower seem to be creating some sort of narrative. However, this doesn’t create the same intrigue that a few of your other pieces so wonderfully do. I would challenge you to explore the narrative elements of your still life pieces, as I think this could really advance your already impressive body of work!

  3. Profile photo of Julie

    I love the fact that you’re willing to experiment with many different types of media. This is something that I struggle with a lot; I tend to make work that can be categorized easily, but seeing someone who’s my age who isn’t afraid to take risks is truly inspiring!

  4. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    I am seriously impressed by the variety of work and the depth of the subject matter in this portfolio – especially considering your statement says you developed most of these without a prompt! When I was in high school a lot of my work was conceptually weak, and I had trouble motivating outside of classroom assignments, so to see these strengths in your work is really encouraging, What’s great about this portfolio is that it’s very clear you are interested in many different subjects and media; experimenting but executing each at a fairly high level. Since it seems to be what you’re most interested in pursuing at art school, though, I would suggest making more work with a strong narrative element. There are pieces here that have that aspect very overtly on display, and they’re quite good, but I’d be interested to see you apply that approach to every piece you create, regardless of subject or media! Your still-life pieces, for example, have very strong compositions – but is there a way you can use those excellent composition skills to convey a narrative like the one in the second image? If you can unify those strengths they should take you very far.

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