graphite pencil and white charcoal on cardboard
16″ x 24″
“I first began drawing about 14 years ago when I was three years old. Anime heavily influenced me as a child, thus my style was more cartoon oriented. I only started taking art more seriously around a year ago. This year has been an exciting experience as I shifted from a cartoonist to a more fine arts artist.
‘Plugged’ is an independent study that I did of a still life. I was inspired by my love for music boxes; their twinkling sounds and intricate structure always made me feel like I was in another world. The music box in the drawing represents older and more traditional music while the earbuds represent the advancement in technology and how most music is listened electronically instead of in person. The earbuds are plugged into the music box to represent how technology can mimic instruments and their sounds, but cannot make any kind of music by itself without being plugged in. Therefore, most music cannot survive without relying on its origins.
As an artist and a musician, it makes me sad that people don’t realize how different it is to listen to music in person. Thus, instead of listening to recordings, I encourage others to hear music live.”