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Elleni

My name is Elleni. I’m from Washington Heights and my nationality is exclusively Dominican. My art teacher, Mr. Rose motivated me to apply to Youth Insights and his encouragement has allowed me to be part of the program today. I am interested in the broad field of art, but specifically I have a passion for sketching and creative writing. Art is a synonym for life. When I say life I mean it in a subjective and insightful way, not in a cheesy artificial way. I believe that art is the field where the existentialists gather. My favorite artists include Michael Cirelli, Norman Rockwell, and Banksy. My inspiration comes from the stories, tall tales, and pieces of artwork that my predecessors have left behind for me. As I place my own perspective on their work, I am prompted to think about how amazing art is. It handles the different perspectives of each viewer with such grace. I hope to create work that will evoke a personal feeling for everyone who sees it. One day, I hope to create something that cannot be labeled with a word.

Ellleni poses for a teen life drawing workshop with Whitney Biennial 2012 artist Nicole Eisenman, organized by YI Leaders. Photograph by Berry Stein

Ellleni poses for a teen life drawing workshop with Whitney Biennial 2012 artist Nicole Eisenman, organized by YI Leaders. Photograph by Berry Stein