DARIEN, Conn. – The art of a Darien High School student recently received special recognition at the 2017 StART Art Exhibition.
Courtney Lowe’s self portrait was recognized for its excellence, according to a statement from Darien High School, which said that only five works out of more than 80 displayed were chosen for the the honor.
Sponsored by the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, the Jan. 6 exhibition at the Osilas Gallery at Concordia College included student works from 30 schools in Connecticut’s Fairfield County as well as Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties and the Bronx in New York, according to the statement.
The show aim of the show is to provide students with the opportunity to build their credentials and portfolios for college, according to the high school.
Two other Darien High School students – Abigail Cragin and Regan Keady – also provided works for the exhibit, according to the statement.
Cragin submitted a 35mm black and white darkroom photo montage focused on incorporating portraits into a surrealistic viewpoint, according to the high school, which said that her photograph is “composed of two negatives, an up-close portrait and a landscape of the reflection of trees into a lake.”
Keady’s wheel-thrown ceramic teapot piece was created by “throwing a belly-shaped bowl and covering it with sodium silicate,” according to the school, which said that heating the sodium silicate and pushing out the wall created a “beautiful crackle piece.”
Lowe’s painted portrait is one in a series of closely cropped watercolor self-portraits created after a late night of completing school work, according to the high school’s statement, which said that her piece utilized high-contrast values and minute details.
According to the high school, Lowe’s use of close cropping “ensures that the emotion felt in the facial expression is conveyed to the viewer in the same overwhelming sense it was originally experienced.”