Darien High School senior Grace Daly wants her art to create real change in the world. She wants to bring the plight of the less fortunate to the forefront and make people aware of the hardships they face.
"I'm hoping to go into societies and [immerse] myself in them, become a part of the culture. I want to find things that need to be fixed and expose them to the media and other people," she said.
She wants to start with Honduras, where she has been going for the last 11 years with a church group to help an orphanage for young girls. She was there in 2009 during a coup, which forced her and her fellow Americans to leave the country.
"We were there when it was happening and when we came back [home], nobody even knew about it because it happened on the day Michael Jackson died. I want to make sure things like that aren't overseen."
Daly's art, currently on display at Upper Crust Bakery & Café , is in a variety of mediums, though she said she wants to focus on photography next year when she goes to the Manhattan School of Visual Arts. She has photos from an area of Honduras where people are forced to build their houses out of whatever stray materials they can find.
"There are over 100,000 people not accounted for in this area. They have no health insurance, no homes. They're basically living off the land. Nobody knows about these people," she said.
The exhibit has paintings of musicians such as Ben Harper, Anthony Kiedis and Billie Holiday and a series of photographs of an abandoned building that represent the degradation of a home versus the degradation of American family values.
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