The New Youth Council Online Showcase - Nara Kang

Nara Kang

Mother Nature (2021)

Nara Kang Artwork

Artist Statement

This piece displays my interpretation of Mother Nature in human form. I chose to personify Mother Nature as a realistic mother: exhausted from nurturing, disciplining and protecting lives on Earth. She can be seen stirring her mushroom bowl of soup a little too fast while dazing off, causing a whirlpool somewhere in the ocean on Earth. Maybe she should have drank her morning coffee first...

I am a grade 11 student in Mississauga who has had a passion for art since a very young age. As a first generation immigrant from South Korea, I struggled with communication as a child. Expressing my thoughts and emotions in a foreign language was difficult at a young age, which led me to find my passion for art. I utilized art as a form of escapism and a way to communicate my feelings without physically speaking. Art became my comfort place and my passion only grew stronger as years went by, motivating me to apply to an arts high school where I have received a wonderful opportunity to improve in not only my art skills but my way of thinking. I additionally enjoy discussing topics that are relevant in our world through my art such as social issues, environmental issues and even political issues as I feel it is easier to visually express my opinion with colours and lines rather than my tongue. I am continuously trying to improve as an artist as I know there is no such thing as a perfect artist, however I am also learning not to be shameful of my past pieces as there is a beauty of imperfection in every piece that has driven me to where I am today.

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