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Ava was born in San Francisco, and has moved around the country a lot—from California to Ohio and finally to Brooklyn, where she has lived for the past seven years. She is currently a senior at the Institute for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan. Ava comes from a family of travelers. Her parents have lived in Scotland, and her mom’s family is from Catalunya, Spain. Though Ava was the first in her family to be born in the United States, she still identifies with her Scottish and Catalan roots, and she is also a traveler. Art is a major part of Ava’s life, as she comes from a family of artists and practices art herself. She is interested in painting, drawing, and film. She sees art as a means of self-expression and even rebellion. She sees the Whitney’s Youth Insights Artists program as a chance to exercise her passion for art.

Ava admires Frida Kahlo, not only as an artist but also as a historical figure and feminist. Ava is very involved in feminism, as well as other forms of social activism. She loves writing and watching movies. Her favorite film directors are Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Noah Baumbach. Ava is also an avid baker. She has learned to make various baked goods, and most recently, she has added macaroons to her repertoire. Ava is not really sure what she wants to do in the future. One thing she does know though, is that she wants to find something that she wants to do, and do it to the best of her ability.

By Helen

Self-Portrait Video: Ava


A wisp of desire
whipped up by the non-consequential,
In the quagmire
of my feeble
mind, lost in the sky
above thou.
It is I.