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I am Sidney. I am sixteen years old and currently attend Bard High School Early College Queens. I was born and raised in the Bronx and I take pride in my biracial background. I am half Puerto Rican and half African American. My heritage often gives me inspiration. I found out about Youth Insights through my principal, and the program’s objectives seemed to fit my personality. I was thrilled at the opportunity because I would be able to really explore the art world in depth and push myself to try new ideas and techniques in my own artwork. I am very interested in writing poetry and in drawing and painting, but I also love cultural anthropology. I enjoy learning about other cultures and thinking critically about why humans do the things they do. This relates to art because artists represent their world views in their work. Each work of art is original and unique, just like each culture. 

To me, art means self-expression, unreplicable expression. It means seeing the world from different angles and conveying that into a piece. Art is all around us and I love to challenge the logic of life to make it into an artistic view or a more creative, subjective idea. My favorite artist is Carmen Messon because she conveys power, passion, and my story. I love how she combines portrait and landscape. In the future, I hope to write a book and someday become a great psychologist, creating new methods for children to interpret their feelings by using various art forms. 

Sidney’s Artwork

The bridge’s new purpose would to serve as a chill spot, an eating area on the Highline. In the middle of the Highline there would be a bridge on a bridge, but the bridge has been reconstructed into a new rest area for people walking on this New York City attraction. The bridge’s old identity from Perry County, Kentucky is hidden and it has taken a whole new identity, serving a new purpose for people. Ironic if you think about it, huh?

My bridge proposal is both a “deceptive” and “minor” détournement. It is “deceptive” because of where it is being placed, but also “minor” because it has no real importance. This project relates to Sherrie Levine’s work because it creates new meaning by demolishing and then reconstructing the same object.